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2020 Fall Quarter Bundle
Fall Quarter 2020 Bundle
Admission to all three of our virtual productions streaming via Vimeo in Fall Quarter 2020:

~ Visions and Voices, a Black Playwrights' Reading Series presents:
By Alice Childress. Directed by Jasmine B. Gunter.

Rarely staged since its debut in 1969, Childress’ masterwork examines the intersection of race, gender and class in Civil-Rights-Era America.

“For a time I thought I was about to move into another world, the so-called ‘integrated’ world … but that’s a lie.”

With race riots outside his apartment in 1964 Harlem, artist and sophisticate Bill Jameson paints his view of Black womanhood. While searching for his final model, a woman he describes as “as close to the bottom as you can get,” he thinks he has found a match in Tommy. But Tommy soon tests his toxic assumptions. Rarely staged since its debut in 1969, Alice Childress’ masterwork examines the intersection of race, gender and class in Civil-Rights-Era America.

The Black Playwrights' Reading Series features first year students in our Master of Fine Arts in Directing programs and undergraduate and graduate actors. The three plays were chosen by the directors (Manna Middlebrooks, Tor Campbell, and Jasmine B. Gunter) in consultation with faculty and the Wirtz Center’s managing director from among hundreds and hundreds of scripts some which are familiar and others that deserve a wider audience and center around Racism in America, Police Brutality, Anti-Blackness, the Fight for Justice, and the Celebration of Black Lives. These directors are the first all-black cohort to join Northwestern University’s MFA Directing Program.

~ AntigoneNOW
Devised from the translation by Seamus Heaney. Directed by Sinéad Rushe and Margaret Laurena Kemp. Movement Consultant/Choreographer Roger Ellis

In the midst of a bombed-out city still feeling the aftershocks of war, the rebellious and intense Antigone defies her uncle to bury her disgraced brother. This contemporary response to the myth of Antigone brings powerful, modern prose to an ancient and universal story. Made possible by Northwestern Faculty member Roger Ellis who choreographed the piece, “AntigoneNOW” was previously screened as part of the Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival.

~ Call and Response Open Mic Night
a Virtual Open Mic
CALL and RESPONSE – the passion to perform continues
A multi-disciplinary evening of original work via self-directed NU student submissions

Artists gotta art. And making art does not stop because of a pandemic or protest. Instead, the arts must respond and reflect on this extraordinary moment in history. Join us as we curate a multi-disciplinary evening of original work created and shared by some of the most talented artists throughout the Northwestern Community. Call & Response, a Virtual Open Mic presented by the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts has invited Northwestern University undergraduate and graduate artists of all disciplines to submit a brief virtual work. All artistic explorations submitted are asked to be in conversation with the Global Pandemic, Black Lives Matter Movement, and any point of view related to the current moment in which we collectively find ourselves. The performances are intended to showcase the wide range of perspectives at Northwestern. Each piece should be a maximum of 2-minutes and can include but should not be limited to: acting, clowning, poetry, dancing, comedy, music, design, or film. This is an opportunity for our students to artistically engage with this moment and respond in their own creative way. These works will be filmed, edited and submitted by interested artists using their own devices and equipment to film and edit their work.