Poetic Theater Productions to Host POETIC LICENSE Festival at The Wild Project, 1/21-27


Poetic Theater Productions presents Poetic License, their second annual festival of new poetic theater, January 21st through January 27th, 2013. All performances will take place at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street. Tickets range in price from $5 to $15 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or online at www.poetictheater.com/festival.

The week-long festival will feature works by Eboni Hogan (Foreign Bodies), Caroline Rothstein (faith), Darian Dauchan (Obamatry), Mahogany L. Browne (Black Girls Don't Smile Mosaic in Front of Strangers), JoAnna Hoffman, Storm Thomas, Charan P Morris, and Elliott D. Smith (Breaking Our Silence); and Kate Foster (How To Stay). Brad Peterson will design lighting and Sean Hagerty will design sound for the festival.

Warrior Writers NYC will present From Table to Stage on Sunday, January 27th at 8:00pm, offering a collection of original Veteran poetry and artwork.

On Tuesday, January 22nd at 8:00pm, the festival will present Generation Now featuring the works of viBe Theater Experience, Earsay Youth Voices, Girl Be Heard, and Urban Word NYC.

The 6@6 Reading Series will feature new works by Sean Christopher Lewis (Shatter The Sky), Takeo Rivera (The Will To Knowledge), Tanaya Winder (Love in a Time of Blood Quantum), Marisela Treviño Orta (Braided Sorrow), LaTonia Phipps (She Who Struggles), and Natalia Duong (Untitled).

Poetic Theater Productions, led by Co-Artistic Directors Jeremy Karafin and Alex Mallory, seeks to define the modern genre of "poetic theater" by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language. Through a multi-ranged platform of developmental programming, Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to develop new work and see it through to production. PTP seeks out and creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.

A full festival schedule follows:

Monday January 21st - Inauguration Day & Martin Luther King Jr Day

7PM Obamatry written & performed by Darian Dauchan

a spoken word remix on the 44th president of the United States of America

Directed by Jennifer McGrath

Produced in association with Bowery Arts + Science, Ltd.

A multimedia solo show consisting of live looped songs, beat-boxing and a collage of satirical poems and presidential soundbites chronicling from candidacy, to presidency, to present day. A virtual rhetorical conversation on the subject of America between a Poet and a President.

followed by our festival kick-off party featuring live DJ and excerpts from festival shows

Tuesday January 22nd

6PM 6@6 reading of Shatter the Sky written by Sean Lewis

8PM Generation Now written & performed by viBe Theater Experience, Girl Be Heard, Earsay Youth Voices & Urban Word NYC

Four talented youth performance ensembles perform a collection of coming-of-age stories & perspectives on the world as 2020 approaches.

10PM How To Stay: a cabaret in development performed by Kate Foster, Dalton Ridenhour, Anna Gothard and Brooklyn duo Into Doubt

A coming of age, coming out, coming home story with vocals, piano, ukulele, and classic musical theater from the 1940s.

Wednesday January 23rd

6PM 6@6 reading of The Will To Knowledge written by Takeo Rivera

8PM Breaking Our Silence featuring by JoAnna Hoffman, Charan P Morris, Storm Thomas & Elliott D. Smith

Vibrant LGBTQ poets share their experiences of coming out, finding love and crashing through the barriers of shame and silence to emerge into a new world.

Thursday January 24th

6PM 6@6 reading of Love in a Time of Blood Quantum written by Tanaya Winder

8PM Black Girls Don't Smile Mosaic in Front of Strangers written by Mahogany L. Browne

Directed by Kamilah Forbes, Featuring choreography and dance by Keomi Tarver, Co-Presented with Hip Hop Theater Festival

Come witness the transformative journey of a woman in the heart/cracked globe of a city where apples, lights and love seek refuge. Where the stereotypes are challenged and blackness finds safety in a woman's smile.

Friday January 25th

6PM 6@6 reading of Braided Sorrow written by Marisela Treviño Orta

8PM Foreign Bodies written by Eboni Hogan

Directed by Nicole A. Watson, Featuring Eboni Hogan, Samantha Cooper, Ayo Oneké Cummings, Joell Jackson & Teniece Divya Johnson

On a mania-driven trek from NYC to Ghana, poet Eboni Hogan delivers an unflinchingly true testament to the complexities of the fragile mind, the breakable body and the resilient heart.

Saturday January 26th

6PM 6@6 reading of She Who Struggles by LaTonia Phipps

8PM faith written & performed by Caroline Rothstein

Directed by Alex Mallory, Winner: Oustanding Production of A Solo Show, 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity

One woman's gut-wrenching struggle to cope with the expectations and turmoil of coming of age.

Sunday January 27th

2PM Foreign Bodies written by Eboni Hogan

6PM 6@6 reading of Untitled conceived by Natalia Duong

8PM From Table to Stage written & performed by Warrior Writers NYC

Original Veteran writing in a staged, multimedia performance that explores a range of experiences from recruitment to homecoming, from surviving war to the quest for life.

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