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Apr
28
Fri
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM
Jim BWChristopher BW

 

Apr
29
Sat
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

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Jim BWChristopher BW

 

Apr
30
Sun
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba

Furtive Movement is a term used to justify the use of force

          We are using farce to brainstorm a way out of the shadows.  A Furtive Movement Act 1: The Use of Farce is set in an alternate future that parallels our present. 1000+  people killed by police every year.  The story is told from the perspective of one of the counted victims of the state. The death of the narrator inspired protest riots and the formation of  a  black billionaire Super PAC that funnels dark money to radical community building organizations of color.

         The first project grants to be awarded go to a West African self help guru, a girl scout troop that gives belts to thugs, the manufacturer of bulletproof hoodies, a documentarian obsessed with showing the life and death of a victim of police violence.

The strain of an oppressive state threatens The union of one dark and lonesome soul to another jeopardizing those rare bonds in the years where your self is found.

They love each other but she is a blooming professional and he is a traumatized shut in. Using a spell from a celebrity sorceress, the woman attempts to heal the man.

Is there a therapy for society. Can the infrastructure stand and be repurposed or does is all need to burned and be rebuilt with altered intention?

April 17-18 and April 24-25, 7 PM

April 19 and 26th, 2 PM

$20 tickets, $10 student and low income tickets.  Free for Brown and RISD Students with ID.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Vatic Kuumba  (Playwright/Producer)

Ron Lewis (Director)

DS Kinsel (Set Design)

Funmilayo Aileru (Video and Graphic Artist)

Ryan Alves  (Illustration/Projections)

Alex Ruiz (Lights)

 

CAST

Yemi Owojori- Omisore

Esteban Coronado

Muggs fogarty

Marshal Gilson

Pheonyx williams

Christopher Johnson

Becky Bass

Delbert Collins

Elyssa Perez

King Lyric


Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM

Jim BWChristopher BW

 

May
5
Fri
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM

Jim BWChristopher BW

 

Live Bait: Heartbreak Hotel @ 95 Empire Black Box
May 5 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Heartbreak Hotel

Live Bait is proud to announce a Special May show, in collaboration with The Museum of Heartbreak. We are collecting stories of ended relationships of all kinds and how they manifest in a leftover object in a person’s life. The Museum will then collect the objects for an exhibit. So, if anyone has a true story that in any way, shape or form fits May’s theme, “Heartbreak Hotel,” they absolutely should come to Live Bait and tell it. And bring an object that connects with the story (of course, if a person has a story but no object, they are still more than welcome to come and tell).

Another reason why May’s show is special is that it will be at 8:00pm! So, everyone who hasn’t come because Live Bait is “too late,” now they have no excuse, (unless they are in the hospital or can’t find a babysitter). These early shows fill up fast, so everyone should plan accordingly.

Remember, Live Bait is a forum for true stories: no notes, no rants, no aimless ramblings, no stand-up routines, and there is a six-minute time limit. Of course, all are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen. Live Bait is hosted by Phil Goldman, with banter, musical accompaniment and monthly theme song by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.

LIVE BAIT: TRUE STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE

8:00pm Friday, May 5th, 2017

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box,

95 Empire Street,

Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

May
6
Sat
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM

Jim BWChristopher BW

 

Improv Jones @ AS220 Black Box
May 6 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The best improv comedy you can find.
Saturdays at 10:00.
95 Empire
Downtown Providence Rhode Island.
Tickets available at the door for only $5.00.

May
7
Sun
Counter-Productions Theatre Company Presents “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz @ As220's Blackbox
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Counter-Productions Theatre Company presents Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz

Counter-Productions Theatre Company wraps up their tenth season with Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet, an absurdist exploration of friendship and fear at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Directed by Michael Ducharme, who directed last season’s Frost/Nixon, the play features Jim O’Brien as Jody and Chris Plonka as Carl.

Set in “a small map store on the oldest street in an American city,” Lonely Planet is the story of two unlikely friends attempting to deal with an ever increasing number of AIDS related deaths within their circle of friends. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop, even reluctant to open for business. Carl, his manic friend who claims to have a multitude of different occupations, begins filling the shop with a variety of chairs, each one from the home of one of their lost friends.   

Jim O’Brien is a resident actor at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. Past Gamm roles include Mick Down in A Skull in Connemara, Ray in Blackbird, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Salter in A Number, Thomas Cromwell in Anne Boleyn, Max in Rock N Roll, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Richard Nixon in Nixon’s Nixon, Coleman Connor in The Lonesome West, Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, and Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. Other acting credits include The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie with Portland Stage Company and Arthur Pape in Love! Valour! Compassion! with SpeakEasy Theater. Jim is a graduate of Trinity Repertory Conservatory.


Chris Plonka has appeared previously with Counter-Productions as Captain Thorson and Cassidy in The Final Voyage of X Minus One and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. Other roles include Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Beach Theatre Company; Nathaniel in Unsafe with Boston Public Works and Cotuit Center for the Arts; Leonard in Seminar, and Branwell, Brontë, and Heathcliff in Brontë with Stonehill Theatre Company; and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter with Caron Productions. Chris has also worked as a director on such productions as Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, The Zoo Story, Seussical, and Urinetown. Chris holds a BA in Arts Administration from Stonehill College.


AS220’s Black Box Theatre

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

April 28th, 29th, May 5th, 6th at 7:00pm

April 30th, May 7th at 2:00pm

Admission $20

https://www.facebook.com/events/283619358734376/

WWW.CPTCRI.COM

Jim BWChristopher BW

 

LUNA LOBA [She-Wolf Moon] VI: Of Milk and Blossoms! @ AS220's Blackbox
May 7 @ 8:15 pm – 10:00 pm

LUNA LOBA 6: Of Milk+Blossoms
Sun, May 7, 2017
AS220 Black Box Theater

LUNA LOBA is a performance and new media series in tribute to the Full Moon; highlighting the work of female and gender neutral artists. This May Full Moon is the moon of Milk +/or Flowers. This time, we receive the Flower/Milk Moon of May. Performance art, sound, body/voice, video.

Themes: Explosion, bursting, healing, nursing, milk, feeding, hunger, desire.

Doors at 8:00PM. Show starts at 8:30PM. Ends at 10PM
Admission: $5. // *Please arrive early to secure a seat!

LINE UP: [More will be confirmed]
Laila Aukee
Janaya Kizzie
Tamara Diaz
Vinegar Averie
Iris Creamer
K Funmilayo Aileru
Linda Ford
Shey Riv
Corinne Wahlberg
Reza C. Clifton

https://www.facebook.com/events/1366665510038410/

 

May
11
Thu
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 11-14. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s Blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence.

The Farm-to-Table Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017 Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, all 3rd graders, each worked with a dramaturge (grown-up playwriting mentor) to write a new play that explores the theme of local farms and local food. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Farm Fresh RI and students took field trips to the Farm Fresh warehouse and to Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be partnering with Farm Fresh RI for the Farm-to-Table Play Festival. This production will be a culmination of an eight-week class for first-time playwrights, ten 3rd graders from William D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville. What an incredible way to partner with one of Providence’s greatest organizations and learn about their important work,” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “I can’t wait to see what our newest playwrights create after learning about the role local farms and farmers play in building a healthier community.”

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together. The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and will be available on Eventbrite.

For more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org

 

 

May
12
Fri
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 11-14. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s Blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence.

The Farm-to-Table Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017 Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, all 3rd graders, each worked with a dramaturge (grown-up playwriting mentor) to write a new play that explores the theme of local farms and local food. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Farm Fresh RI and students took field trips to the Farm Fresh warehouse and to Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be partnering with Farm Fresh RI for the Farm-to-Table Play Festival. This production will be a culmination of an eight-week class for first-time playwrights, ten 3rd graders from William D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville. What an incredible way to partner with one of Providence’s greatest organizations and learn about their important work,” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “I can’t wait to see what our newest playwrights create after learning about the role local farms and farmers play in building a healthier community.”

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together. The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage.

Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and will be available on Eventbrite.

For more information, go to: http://mantonavenueproject.org

 

 

May
13
Sat
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes, Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes, Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 11-14. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s Blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence.

The Farm-to-Table Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017 Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, all 3rd graders, each worked with a dramaturge (grown-up playwriting mentor) to write a new play that explores the theme of local farms and local food. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Farm Fresh RI and students took field trips to the Farm Fresh warehouse and to Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be partnering with Farm Fresh RI for the Farm-to-Table Play Festival. This production will be a culmination of an eight-week class for first-time playwrights, ten 3rd graders from William D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville. What an incredible way to partner with one of Providence’s greatest organizations and learn about their important work,” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “I can’t wait to see what our newest playwrights create after learning about the role local farms and farmers play in building a healthier community.”

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together. The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage.

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“re-Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz ( A Benefit for AS220 Youth)
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm
“re-Source” - Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz ( A Benefit for AS220 Youth)


“re-Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz

 

This is not a dance performance, a sacred ritual or a play, nor a musical concert or a comedy show, yet it is in part all of these.  It is also homage to the human medium and the spirit that connects us.

 

Join Christian & his friends (William “Bill” Evans, Shura Baryshnikov, Laurie Amat, Ali Kenner Brodsky, Michelle Struckholz, Elizabeth Keisler and Corinne Wahlberg) as they co-create an evening of spontaneous performance.

 

“Human Jazz” is about playing the body, voice and imagination simultaneously; no set pieces, special costumes, recorded music, just humans playing. As a soloist Christian “disappears” into songs, animals, characters, body music, aliens, etc.  The ensemble will play all together and in smaller groupings.  The show will conclude with a participatory Balinese Kecak/Monkey Chant.

This event is a fundraiser for AS220 Youth and all profits will go to supporting this important program.

May
14
Sun
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce by Vatic Kuumba

Furtive Movement is a term used to justify the use of force

          We are using farce to brainstorm a way out of the shadows.  A Furtive Movement Act 1: The Use of Farce is set in an alternate future that parallels our present. 1000+  people killed by police every year.  The story is told from the perspective of one of the counted victims of the state. The death of the narrator inspired protest riots and the formation of  a  black billionaire Super PAC that funnels dark money to radical community building organizations of color.

         The first project grants to be awarded go to a West African self help guru, a girl scout troop that gives belts to thugs, the manufacturer of bulletproof hoodies, a documentarian obsessed with showing the life and death of a victim of police violence.

The strain of an oppressive state threatens The union of one dark and lonesome soul to another jeopardizing those rare bonds in the years where your self is found.

They love each other but she is a blooming professional and he is a traumatized shut in. Using a spell from a celebrity sorceress, the woman attempts to heal the man.

Is there a therapy for society. Can the infrastructure stand and be repurposed or does is all need to burned and be rebuilt with altered intention?

April 17-18 and April 24-25, 7 PM

April 19 and 26th, 2 PM

$20 tickets, $10 student and low income tickets.  Free for Brown and RISD Students with ID.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Vatic Kuumba  (Playwright/Producer)

Ron Lewis (Director)

DS Kinsel (Set Design)

Funmilayo Aileru (Video and Graphic Artist)

Ryan Alves  (Illustration/Projections)

Alex Ruiz (Lights)

 

CAST

Yemi Owojori- Omisore

Esteban Coronado

Muggs fogarty

Marshal Gilson

Pheonyx williams

Christopher Johnson

Becky Bass

Delbert Collins

Elyssa Perez

King Lyric


The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes, Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Manton Avenue Project Presents: Yes, Farms, Yes Food! The Farm to Table Plays @ AS220's Blackbox | Providence | Rhode Island | United States

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) will stage its next performance: May 11-14. Performances will take place at 7pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, in AS220’s Blackbox at 95 Empire Street in downcity Providence.

The Farm-to-Table Play Festival is the culminating production of The Manton Avenue Project’s 2017 Playmaking program, an afterschool playwriting course held at MAP’s Clubhouse in Olneyville. Ten young playwrights, all 3rd graders, each worked with a dramaturge (grown-up playwriting mentor) to write a new play that explores the theme of local farms and local food. For this project, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with Farm Fresh RI and students took field trips to the Farm Fresh warehouse and to Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm.

“The Manton Avenue Project is thrilled to be partnering with Farm Fresh RI for the Farm-to-Table Play Festival. This production will be a culmination of an eight-week class for first-time playwrights, ten 3rd graders from William D’Abate Elementary School in Olneyville. What an incredible way to partner with one of Providence’s greatest organizations and learn about their important work,” says MAP’s Executive Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “I can’t wait to see what our newest playwrights create after learning about the role local farms and farmers play in building a healthier community.”

The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that unites children living in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood with local theater professionals to create original plays together. The Manton Avenue Project’s mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville through playmaking. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing the creative voices of young people to the stage.

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“re-Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz ( A Benefit for AS220 Youth)
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm
“re-Source” - Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz ( A Benefit for AS220 Youth)


“re-Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz

 

This is not a dance performance, a sacred ritual or a play, nor a musical concert or a comedy show, yet it is in part all of these.  It is also homage to the human medium and the spirit that connects us.

 

Join Christian & his friends (William “Bill” Evans, Shura Baryshnikov, Laurie Amat, Ali Kenner Brodsky, Michelle Struckholz, Elizabeth Keisler and Corinne Wahlberg) as they co-create an evening of spontaneous performance.

 

“Human Jazz” is about playing the body, voice and imagination simultaneously; no set pieces, special costumes, recorded music, just humans playing. As a soloist Christian “disappears” into songs, animals, characters, body music, aliens, etc.  The ensemble will play all together and in smaller groupings.  The show will conclude with a participatory Balinese Kecak/Monkey Chant.

This event is a fundraiser for AS220 Youth and all profits will go to supporting this important program.

May
19
Fri
ROO Presents “Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo” by Rajiv Joseph
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
ROO Presents "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo" by Rajiv Joseph

Brown/Trinity Romp of Otters Presents:

May 19th- 21st, 7pm and May 20-21st 2pm

Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo tells the story of two marines and an Iraqi interpreter whose paths intersect at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. This play by Rajiv Joseph is a thrilling surrealist exploration of the human psyche that fearlessly tackles the “larger-than life.” Through shock, sarcasm, and magical realism Joseph exposes the sheer destruction caused by exceptionalist dogma — a phenomena we don’t often acknowledge here in the U.S. or at Brown, but that has blinded American politicians and citizens alike for centuries. This play isn’t the nationalist fairytale of vindication and justice we were all fed growing up…it’s the harsh reality.

May
20
Sat
ROO Presents “Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo” by Rajiv Joseph
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
ROO Presents "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo" by Rajiv Joseph

Brown/Trinity Romp of Otters Presents:

May 19th- 21st, 7pm and May 20-21st 2pm

Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo tells the story of two marines and an Iraqi interpreter whose paths intersect at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. This play by Rajiv Joseph is a thrilling surrealist exploration of the human psyche that fearlessly tackles the “larger-than life.” Through shock, sarcasm, and magical realism Joseph exposes the sheer destruction caused by exceptionalist dogma — a phenomena we don’t often acknowledge here in the U.S. or at Brown, but that has blinded American politicians and citizens alike for centuries. This play isn’t the nationalist fairytale of vindication and justice we were all fed growing up…it’s the harsh reality.

May
21
Sun
ROO Presents “Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo” by Rajiv Joseph
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
ROO Presents "Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo" by Rajiv Joseph

Brown/Trinity Romp of Otters Presents:

May 19th- 21st, 7pm and May 20-21st 2pm

Bengal Tiger At the Baghdad Zoo tells the story of two marines and an Iraqi interpreter whose paths intersect at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. This play by Rajiv Joseph is a thrilling surrealist exploration of the human psyche that fearlessly tackles the “larger-than life.” Through shock, sarcasm, and magical realism Joseph exposes the sheer destruction caused by exceptionalist dogma — a phenomena we don’t often acknowledge here in the U.S. or at Brown, but that has blinded American politicians and citizens alike for centuries. This play isn’t the nationalist fairytale of vindication and justice we were all fed growing up…it’s the harsh reality.