The Flea Theater presents...
but i cd only whisper
Kristiana Rae Colón
At the tail end of the Vietnam War veteran Beau Willie Brown attempts to return to the family and life he left behind. Inspired by and including extracts from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enufby Ntozake Shange, but i cd only whisper explores the effects of trauma, moving through time and space, fusing the physical and the poetic.
“but i cd only whisper is a beautifully sophisticated play, which combines monologues, fantasies and flashbacks to tell the story of black Vietnam vet Beau Willie Brown…As Beau opens up, a murky picture emerges of a man at battle with himself and society.” – Time Out London Review
The New York Premiere of but i cd only whisper will be directed by Flea Resident Director David Monteagudo and features The Bats: Crystal Arnette (#serials@theflea, Mary Kate Olsen is in Love), Akeem Baisden Folkes, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Kineta Kunutu (#serials@theflea), Brandon Rubin, Matt Stango (#serials@theflea, The Mysteries), with understudies Clea DeCrane, Jack Gilbert, Justin Phillips, Rodrikus Springfield, and Terralon Walker. The creative team includes Starlet Jacobs (scenic design), Elaine Wong (lighting design), Ari Fulton (costume design), D.R. Baker (sound design), Michelle Cole (choreography), Gerry Rodriguez (fight choreography), Hye Young Chyun (props master), Joseph Barnes (technical direction), Michal V. Mendelson (production manager), and Kaila Hill (stage management)
Kristiana Rae Colón (playwright) is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow, and Executive Director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective. Her play Octagon, winner of Arizona Theater Company’s 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and Polarity Ensemble Theater’s Dionysos Festival of New Work, had its world premiere at the Arcola Theater in London in September 2015. Her work was featured in Victory Gardens’ 2014 Ignition Festival. In 2013, she toured the UK with her collection of poems promised instruments published by Northwestern University Press. In autumn 2012, she opened her one-woman show Cry Wolf at Teatro Luna in Chicago while her play but i cd only whisper had its world premiere at the Arcola Theater in London. Kristiana is a member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and one half of the brother/sister hip-hop duo April Fools. She appeared on Season 5 of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
David Monteagudo (director) is a Brooklyn-based director and producer. He has developed and produced work with The Flea, The Atlantic, Theater for the New City, and Ma-Yi Theaters amongst others. His project Under the Hood, which melds game theory and theatrical conventions, was featured in the 2014 Come out and Play Festival and will be presented as part of The Best Games Festival in Pittsburgh. He is a founding member of State of Play.
CYCLIST ATTACKED BY MOUNTAIN LION
By Robert Koon
Directed by Adrianne Cury
February 27-28 and March 4-5, 2016
Friday and Saturdays - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m.
Cox Auditorium - Fine Arts Building (J Building, Room 108)
$12 General Admission
$10 Students, Faculty/Staff and Seniors
For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department
at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 6932 or visit www.triton.edu/entertainment.
On his morning bike ride on a local trail, Jerry comes upon a sign: DANGER: MOUNTAIN LION IN AREA. He avoids an encounter with the predator, but as his day unfolds the presence of wildlife in the city becomes more and more pronounced… and more and more peculiar! Animals are appearing, people are disappearing – is there a connection? Are the animals launching an attack on the humans annexing their territory or is there a more fundamental change afoot? Along with his friends, Bernard (a university professor) and Lily (a waitress), Jerry tries to discover an explanation for the transformations happening around him, all the while fighting off the animal world and clinging to the unique qualities that make us human beings.
The Emerging Voices Project was created to contribute to the development of new work in the Chicago theatre scene and to bring opportunities to the Triton College community to work with professional playwrights.
This season, we are once again privileged to host a Resident Playwright from Chicago Dramatists, Chicago’s premiere play development company and the artistically-acclaimed home for writers working at the forefront of American theatre.
A FINE MODERN TRAGEDY: ROAD’S “BROKEN FENCES”
FEBRUARY 19, 2016 MARK
"...The other writer, Steven Simoncic, made his play a stand-alone. Broken Fences doesn’t refer to Raisin at all (it doesn’t need to; few could miss the kinship). Simoncic also focuses on what happens after the move-in, instead of before...Broken Fences successfully brings a big, complex social issue down to its actual shape in the lives of individuals. Yet as cruelly as social and economic changes impinge on these folks, gentrification isn’t what matters most — it’s the people."
Broken Fences; Lear; The Room By Myron Meisel
A Smart, Entertaining and Illuminating Broken Fences
"Broken Fences, Steven Simoncic’s smart, entertaining and illuminating addition to the subgenre, receives a deft and sensitive production at the Road on Magnolia: it’s an exemplary social issue play that, while neither difficult nor complex, clearly evidences a deep appreciation for the difficulties of complex situations."
Theatre Review Broken Fences
Written by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
"What this play brilliantly addresses is the human cost of a strengthening economy combined with the fairly typical, painfully under paid working class wage. What was once an achievable life, a home owned, a familiar rhythm met each day with honest work and the respect of our peers no longer exists. And those still struggling to keep up must face the prospect that they will never and can never, regardless of their strength of will, achieve the now impossible goal of owning a home on a working class income. Combine this truth with a neighborhood not ready to give up its long-held identity and give in to the ‘Starbucks culture’ regardless of its deliciousness and you have all the drama and humor that is ‘Broken Fences.’"
Broken Fences by Steven Simoncic is playing at The Road on Magnolia at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
February 12th - April 3rd.
Fridays Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm
What to see during Chicago Theatre Week
Sam is of Iraqi and Puerto Rican descent but does his best to pass as Italian-American, until he meets an Iraqi woman who makes him reconsider his relationship to his heritage. 16th Street's Ann Filmer directs a new play by Rohina Malik.
Read the Reviews:
"Many playwrights aspire to write a drama that is of vital interest to a theatre-going community’s concerns, contains an appropriate balance of comedy and pathos, depicts compelling, sympathetic characters, and tells a logical story driven by those characters’ desires, which are both unique to themselves and identifiable to the larger community. Those playwrights would do well do learn from Rohina Malik. Yasmina’s Necklace, now in its world premiere at the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, is a beautifully-crafted love story in which the Middle-Eastern refugee crises and immigrant assimilation anxiety are woven seamlessly into a character drama. Little here is heavy-handed or propagandistic; instead, we see how ordinary people live with enormous challenges. The performance I attended was greeted with great enthusiasm by immigrant and Muslim attendees, but the story is accessible to everyone, and I hope it will inspire other artists."
Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic
"It's not easy to combine such dark stories with the lighter comic interludes about immigrant family life, but Malik and director Ann Filmer consistently find that balance...Malik's respectful but funny take on these characters keeps them from feeling like caricatures, despite the sitcomlike setup at the beginning of the story. Yasmina talks about "the taste of death," but by the end, Malik has given us a sweet and hopeful story about finding love after horror." Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
Director Ann Filmer does everything right in this world premiere production of Rohina Malik’s gracefully written romantic comedy, about two Muslim families and their awkward attempts to bring together their two misfit adult children. The casting is perfect: Susaan Jamshidi just shines as Yasmina, a troubled, talented artist haunted by her past life in Iraq and Syria. She is well matched with Michael Perez, her reluctant suitor, a man still recovering from a bad divorce. One minute Malik invites us to laugh at her character’s foibles, the next she wants us to be moved by their personal tragedies; Filmer deftly balances the light and the dark. The result is a thoroughly satisfying family drama." Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
Yasmina’s Necklaceby Rohina Malik, 2016 playwright-in-residence at 16th Street Theater
Directed by Ann Filmer
EXTENDED THRU MARCH 5, 2016!
Thursdays & Fridays @ 7:30 PM
Saturdays @ 5:00 PM & 8:30 PM
From Chicago Artists Month 2015
What next? Currently, I am writing the script for a film shooting next summer in Chicago about the Mexican-American family, decay of the American Dream and good life fantasy, and queer possibility. I am also working on a solo playformance mixing autobiography and writing a novel for in independent queer press in New York City. Additional projects include performing with the Southside Ignoramus Quartet, directing the Young Fugitives' production of Cold Summer, and pursuing my Ph.D. in American Studies at New York University.
Ricardo Gamboa is an artist, activist, and academic working in his native Chicago and New York City. In Chicago, Gamboa was a Company Member of Barrel of Monkeys and Artistic Director of Teatro Americano. Most recently, he was an Artist-in-Residence at Free Street Theater and the National Museum of Mexican Art's Yollocalli Artsreach. He performs with the Southside Ignoramus Quartet and helped found the Young Fugitives, an independent teen performance ensemble creating challenging work about issues affecting their lives. Gamboa has received several awards for his writing, performance and film work and has worked with over 1,000 young people in Chicago.
Ricardo wrote and directed Track 13 with The Young Fugutives at Free Street Theater. His play The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas was produced last summer by Free Street Theater.
STEPHANIE ALISON WALKER is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced across the United States from New York City to Los Angeles and internationally in Australia, Canada, Singapore, The Philippines and Japan. American Home – her play about the foreclosure crisis – won American Blues Theater Company’s Blue Ink Award for Playwriting in 2011.
She won the 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival Audience Favorite Grand Prize for The Women’s Theatre Project production of her play Three Fittings, a finalist for the prestigious Princess Grace Playwriting Award 2008 for The Art of Disappearing, and a semi-finalist for the 2009 HotCity Greenhouse Festival of New Plays in St. Louis. She is a four-time finalist for the Heideman Award and has been a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Theatre Conference for her play The Art of Disappearing.
The Art of Disappearing premiered in January 2015 at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL. The production, directed by Ann Filmer, was Jeff Recommended and recommended by the Sun-Timesand New City.
In print, her play The Chocolate Affair is published in both Ten 10-Minute Plays (Black Box Press) and The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2 or More Actors (Smith & Kraus) and Hollywood Hills is published in Best Ten Minute Plays 2008: 2 Actors (Smith & Kraus). On screen her play Back Roads (which conceived for Moving Arts theatre company’s smash hit production of The Car Plays and was also part of the 2007 “10 by 10 in the Triangle”) was turned into a short film that premiered at the 2008 Women’s Int’l Film Festival in Miami.
Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her master’s from University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing Program.
Her play The Madres was presented in a reading by Amigos del Rep of the San Diego Rep. It is the winner of Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest, a finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, and a finalist for the 2016 Source Festival.She is a proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Dramatists Guild of America, Chicago Dramatists Network Playwrights, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab and a member-at-large of Courier 12 Collective. She is the creator of the blog “Love in the Time of Foreclosure” – featured on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, NPR’s Planet Money, The Story with Dick Gordon by American Public Media, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine and The Huffington Post.
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