Hip-Hop Theatre Production DREAMSCAPE to Make Portland Premiere at LA LUNA NUEVA 2014, 9/19-20
Milagro's theatre annual multidisciplinary festival La Luna Nueva is proud to present the powerful hip-hop theatre production Dreamscape. Written by cutting edge playwright Rickerby Hinds, Dreamscape showcase energetic story telling and traditional elements of hip-hop such as beatboxin' and rap, giving the spectators a unique thought-provoking experience.
Dreamscape is based on the real shooting of Tyisha Miller an African-American teenager in south California, shot by the police on 1998. Using details from Miller's autopsy and reflections of her life, Dreamscape explores the relations and consequences of the systemic racism, police brutality and racial profiling impacting minorities and communities of color, especial black, in modem America.
Recent events around the country demonstrate that the police violence and race crimes that were part of Tyisha's fatal death still shockingly affect our communities. Dreamscape presents an opportunity to spark conversations about these realities on stage and every night after the show with the post-show conversations with creator Rickerby Hinds.
DREAMSCAPE will make its Portland Premiere at La Luna Nueva, September 19 and 20, 2014 at the Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214. Advance tickets $20; day of the event $23. Purchase tickets from 503-236-7253 or www.milagro.org.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Through Beatboxin', spoken word, and dance, this hip-hop performance depicts the inner life of a young woman who dreams though the impact of the twelve bullets that kill her. A powerfully clear-eyed look at the relationships between race, the body, and violence as woman reminisces about her life, describing the pleasures of softball, dancing, kissing, and hair styling with sweetness, humor, and all the insight of a nineteen-year-old. Rickerby Hinds, one of the most influential individuals to come into the theater world in a generation, is the creator of the first ever full-length play to use the founding elements of hip hop as the primary language of the stage, introducing the genre of hip hop theater to the world.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
One of the most influential individuals to come into the theater world in a generation, Rickerby Hinds has the unique ability to challenge conventional notions of the stage while remaining respectful of its long history and traditions.
Possessing an MFA in playwriting from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television where he was twice awarded the Audrey Skirball-Kenis (ASK) Award for best play, Hinds' visionary creations span the gamut of human emotions and experiences. In addition to his mission to open up the theater to a diversity of voices and experiences, Hinds is driven to bring the theater to new audiences. Hinds is currently a full Professor of playwriting in the Department of Theater at the University of California, Riverside and the founder and artistic director of the Califest Hip Hop Theater Festival.
ABOUT "LA LUNA NUEVA"
La Luna Nueva is Portland's only Latino arts & culture festival, a time for Milagro to open its doors and invite all to enjoy the beauty of Latino arts and culture from around the world! Join us for evenings of Andean dances and legends, eye-opening Hip hop theatre, live Theatre for all ages, reflections of the unifying and universal impact of war, visual art exhibits and many more fun events for the whole family!
For more than 30 years, Milagro has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community. In addition to its national tours, Milagro provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. For more information about Milagro, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.