This free, one-night-onkly event will be held at RAW at 56 Arbor St. in Hartford and will feature monologues crafted from interviews with Occupy activists conducted throughout the last year.
HartBeat Ensemble’s presentation is part of OCCUPY #S17, a national performance event being organized by The Civilians Center for Investigative Theater, the Obie Award-winning New York-based theater company known for real life topics as theater.
The Civilians invited groups to organize performances in their communities and have made all of their interview source material available for use. Groups from across the nation will gather Sept. 17 to share in the storytelling of this historic movement.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. For further information, please call HartBeat Ensemble at (860) 869-0534.
Participating artists/companies will be HartBeat Ensemble, Hartford Stage Company, ARTFARM, Theater 4, Bated Breath Theater Company, Little Theater of Manchester, and Connecticut playwright Jacques Lamarre.
The night will be an evening of curated, directed and performed monologues aimed at illuminating the diverse individual voices behind Occupy, a historic national movement. Additional companies and performers to be announced soon.
Steve Ginsburg, co-artistic director of HartBeat Ensemble, worked at The Civilians earlier this year as the director of "Occupy Your Mind," The Civilians’ project which created the pieces that are now available for free use for OCCUPY #S17. “We had a wildly successful project last year with interviews and performances in New York City and across the country,” says Ginsburg. “I am now thrilled to be back with HartBeat working with theaters across Connecticut to perform the individual stories of Occupiers for the historic one year anniversary.”
Will K. Wilkins who has commissioned Civilian company member, Alex Lambert, to write a play using the investigative methods of The Civilians about crime in Hartford says, “Whether you agree or disagree with their methods and viewpoints, the Occupy movement shifted the tone and substance of the national political discourse."
The Civilians will be performing OCCUPY #S17 at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in New York City at the same time as the Connecticut theaters will be performing at Real Art Ways. Some of the other theaters across the country participating are: Kitchen Dog, Dallas, TX, University of Cincinnati, Akron, OH, and Sarah Lawrence, Bronxville, NY.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun