Atlanta: National Association of African American Honors Programs Gala Interviews with Fisk U. Group

 As you hear HBCU Honor Students are Prolifically Thinking Theatre!

 

Read more about Fisk University. Contact Patrick Fleming

W.E.B. Du Bois Honors Program

https://www.fisk.edu/academics/honors-program

English Department

https://www.fisk.edu/academics/school-of-humanities-social-sciences/department-of-arts-languages/english

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Prolific Playwright/Producer Susan Parks Accounts for President Donald’s First 100 Days and More!

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According to an article by journalist Diep Tran in American Theatre magazine, Suzan-Lori Parks writes fast, and she writes a lot. Case in point: In 2002, she decided that she would write one play a day for a year. The finished product, 365 Days/365 Plays, was staged at a jaw-dropping 700-plus venues in 2006. This past winter and spring, Parks turned back to that familiar process to address a more immediate concern: the election of Donald Trump as president.

“I didn’t know what else to do,” Parks admitted recently. So she wrote one play, every day, for Trump’s first 100 days in office (give or take). The finished product, 100 Plays for the First Hundred Days, has no planned productions slated as yet, but it will be published by TCG Books next year (exclusive selected excerpts are published at the end of this story).

We spoke recently in the lobby of Signature Theatre in New York City, after a talkback for her plays Fucking A and In the Blood, then in repertory in two different venues at the theatre complex. She was initially hesitant to talk politics, even if they were the pretext for her 100 Plays. But having a conversation with Parks can be like driving down a country road, full of unpredictable twists and turns, and ending at a destination neither anticipated.

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SEP College Students please read more…

http://www.americantheatre.org/2017/10/24/wide-awake-in-america/

Questions

  1. What in your mind makes her such a prolific writer?
  2.  Provide her fast facts on President Donald Trump
  3. What methods or creative techniques, habits of mind or patterns does she have or use?
  4. What does “woke” mean? To what extent do you think that you are “woke”?

 

 

Durham, NC: Broadway Theatre Legend George Faison Joins Tabb @ Hillside High for The Wiz

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    GEORGE FAISON, BROADWAY’S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN A TONY AWARD FOR BEST CHOREOGRAPHY, TO APPEAR AT HILLSIDE’S OPENING NIGHT GALA OF THE WIZ

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    The gala event for “The Wiz” will take place on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Other show times for “The Wiz” are Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3:15 p.m.

    photo-wendall-tabbDr. George Faison accepted an invitation to visit Hillside given by Drama Director Wendell Tabb as part of his “Celebrities in the Classroom” program. The program is committed to inspiring a high level of artistry by connecting young people with artists who have paved the way and are eager to share their knowledge of the business with high school students in the arts.  “I am elated that Dr. Faison will visit Hillside to share his expertise and experiences with our students”, said Hillside Principal Dr. William Logan. “Mr. Tabb’s ‘Celebrities In The Classroom’ program has connected artists with our students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams of performing at the collegiate and professional levels.”

    Dr. Faison is a celebrated producer, writer, composer, director, choreographer and dancer. He made history in 1975 when he became the first African American to win a Tony Award for Best Choreography for “The Wiz.” He began his career as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. His Broadway career began with the musical “Purlie” by playwright, actor and humanitarian, Ossie Davis. After leaving the Ailey Company he formed his own company, the George Faison Universal Dance Experience.  He has also choreographed and staged concerts for musical greats including Ashford and Simpson, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Dionne Warwick, Stephanie Mills and many more.

    Wendell Tabb (Producer/Artistic Director) is a native of Louisburg, North Carolina and has worked as Drama Director and Teacher for the past 30 years with the Hillside High School Theatre Program.

    He is the founder and Artistic Director of Wendell Tabb Productions. He received his B.A. degree in Theatre Education and M.A. degree in Educational Administration from North Carolina Central University. He is a gemstone polished by Dr.s Johnny Alston and Linda Kerr Norflett!

    As Drama Director, he has directed over 60 plays such as “FAME”, “Dreamgirls”, “The Wiz”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar”, “The Captive Grace of Othello”, “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”, “Mama, I Want to Sing”, “Hairspray”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Phantom of the Opera”.

    Mr. Tabb has also directed drama workshops nationally and
    internationally in Sydney, Australia, Kenya, East Africa; London, England; Osaka, Japan; Lima, Peru; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gambia, West Africa; St. George’s, Bermuda; Los Angeles, California; Santa Cruz, California; and Brooklyn, New York. As an actor, he has appeared on the NCCU stage as West in “Two Trains Running”, David in “Tunnels”, Charles in “Heart to Heart: Ain’t Your Life Worth
    Saving?”, Lou Parker in “Fascination Man’, Seth in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”, and Gabriel in “Fences”. Mr. Tabb is a theatre consultant and producer. He has produced such plays as “Black Nativity”, “Tambourines to Glory”, “Becca”, “Cinderah”, and “The Gospel at Colonus”, featuring Alabama State University. Mr. Tabb received the NC Regional Theatre Conference Excellence in Directing Award eight consecutive years. He is a past recipient of the C.C. Lipscomb State Best Director Award. He has served as an Arts Administration Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Faison will work with Hillside Drama students on Thursday, Nov. 3, in preparation for their opening of The Wiz. He will also be honored with the annual Trailblazer Award In The Arts during the Opening Night Gala Celebration.

    For tickets and more information see: http://www.dpsnc.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=450&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=1644&PageID=1

    Contact Hillside High School at (919) 560-3925 ext. 25240 or order online at www.seatyourself.biz/hillside.

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