We thank Hunter Canning for these beautiful photos of A Brother’s Love Is A Brother’s Love by Troy Hughes (directed by Lydia Fort) and Objectify by Derek Trumbo (directed by Mary Hodges). Both plays wowed audiences at the 2nd Annual Bad Theater Fest. And these productions marked the world premieres of these plays.
Here are photos for A BROTHER’S LOVE IS A BROTHER’S LOVE:
Featuring Gil Charleston, Donnell E. Smith & Jonathan Hooks
Featuring Gil Charleston, Jonathan Hooks & Donnell E. Smith
A Brother’s Love Is A Brother’s Love Creative Team: Gil Charleston, Jonathan Hooks, Lydia Fort & Donnell E. Smith
Here are photos from OBJECTIFY:
Featuring: Tiffany Nichole Greene (foreground), Background: Tareek Brown, Mary Hodges, Timothy Hampton & Galway McCullough
Featuring: Tareek Brown, Mary Hodges, Tiffany Nichole Green, Timothy Hampton & Galway McCullough
Objectify Creative Team: Tareek Brown, Timothy Hampton, Tiffany Nichole Green, Mary Hodges, Lorna Haughton & Galway McCullough
A big thank you to Starr and Shawn at the Bad Theater Fest (Joan too). We had a fun time presenting these plays. And a shout out to Deadria Harrington for her help with casting and the Women’s Project for rehearsal space.
Ghost and a Soda – the existential comedy created during Mel Nieves 2013 playwriting residency – was a big hit at the Bad Theater Fest last evening. The play was born from the “Chopped” exercise Mel had the circle do – read more about it here – and this take on the concept has shades of Sartre and Jeff Foxworthy. I bet you never expected to hear those two names in the same sentence, but somehow the play works.
We were lucky that Advisory Board member Montserrat Mendez directed Kristin Cantwell, Chris Pope alongside two actors who have been a part of the prison program – Noelia Antweiler and Eric Hedlund – in this fast paced romp. What a dream team.
Three plays by members of the playwriting circle at Northpoint Training Center; a medium security prison near Danville, KY; will be featured in the Bad Theater Fest at The Tank October 31st – November 3rd. The festival celebrates risk-taking and diverse points of view.
Written by PEN Award-winning playwright Derek Trumbo, Objectify is a lyrical exploration of selecting a partner. This time the tables are turned as a woman must choose among a thinker, the muscular one and the dreamer. The play was created during Holly Hepp-Galvan’s 2012 Voices Inside/Out Playwriting Residency. Mary Hodges will direct. Objectify will premiere on October 31st at 9pm. Get your tickets now.
Ghost and a Soda by Calvin Sturgill is a mash-up of Jeff Foxworthy and Sartre in an alternate universe. Seriously. The play was created during Mel Nieves’ 2013 Voices Inside/Out Playwriting Residency. Montserrat Mendez directs. The performance is Saturday, November 2nd at 7pm. Get your tickets now.
A Brother’s Love Is A Brother’s Love by Troy Hughes follows two brothers who are reunited in prison after being out of touch for years. Lydia Fort will direct. The premiere performance is November 3rd at 7pm. Get your tickets now.
The Bad Theater Fest takes place at The Tank (151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, NYC ). We will announce the cast soon.
Mel Nieves leads the circle at Reflections. Photo: Chris Kateff.
Thank you to everyone who came to Reflections with Mel Nieves on Monday, September 23rd.
For 75 minutes, 40 people sat in a circle and shared in the experience of this wonderful program. 2013 Playwright-in-Residence Mel Nieves spoke eloquently about his June residency. We had terrific actors — chandra thomas, Norman Small, Jr., Noelia Antweiler and Chuck Calvello — read work by Drew, Eric and James– all members of the playwriting circle at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison near Danville, KY. All were big hits. Voices Inside/Out co-founder Synge Maher read the gorgeous thank you letter from Eric’s mom about the program and its impact on her son and the whole family. Voices Inside/Out co-founder Lanie Zipoy talked about the residency and the dream of having at least one teaching artist in every prison in America.
The group stood in a circle with eyes closed and did the Peter Brook exercise that Mel had the circle do during his residency in June. In this exercise, the group has to recite the alphabet one person at a time without doubling up on a letter. This large group made it to Letter X on the first try. Astounding. It’s taken much smaller groups hours to be able to complete this exercise.
We close the night with a q&a with Mel. Most people were interested in his experience — what he learned and gained from the program– and how to make a program like this viable in other prisons.
Our third annual Reflections event will be held Monday, September 23rd at Davenport Studios in Manhattan. Playwright Mel Nieves (who is pictured in the poster by Chris Kateff) will share his experience as the 2013 Voices Inside/Out Playwright-in-Residence at Northpoint Training Center outside Danville, Kentucky. You’ll also hear the work of some of the participating inmates — their powerful, moving stories about life on both sides of the bars. And you’ll have a chance to ask questions about arts education in prison. Come and learn more about our exciting program and celebrate another grand year.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating, though, is limited. Reserve your tickets at voicesinsideout.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6:45 pm, and the event begins at 7:00 pm.
NYC-based playwright Mel Nieves (pictured front row, far right) spent the last week of June in Danville, Kentucky as part of Voices Inside/Out third annual playwriting residency. He taught master classes in playwriting to the prisoner-playwrights circle at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison.
On Monday, September 23rd, Mel along with Voices Inside/Out co-founders Synge Maher and Lanie Zipoy will present the wonderful revelations that happened during his residency as well as snippets of the inmates’ work and how this program is changing lives on both sides of the bars.
Join us for an awe-inspiring night that proves imagination has no barriers.
Reflections with Mel Nieves will be free and open to the public. We will announce the NYC location very soon. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seats.