Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:34 pm EDT 03/17/17

New Perspectives Theatre Company in association with
the School of Drama at the New School presents

an ON HER SHOULDERS special event

Featured Presenter: Susan Croft, theatre historian and Director of Unfinished Histories, the oral and archival history project on Alternative Theatre in Britain.

Radical Theatre Panelists: Christine Bruno, Susana Cook, Melanie Joseph, Taylor Mac and more to come
Monday, April 3, 2017, 4:00pm to 7:30pm

On Her Shoulders is pleased to present a special event on Monday, April 3, 2017 celebrating our theatrical heritage as agents of change. It is also a call to action for today's artists to lift their voices in response to the "interesting times" in which we are now living. The event is at the New School, Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Avenue (Room N101). R.S.V.P. to newper37@gmail.com. Free and Open to the Public.

The first half of the event is a presentation by Susan Croft on the Unfinished Histories project, chronicling the UK's radical fringe theatre movement beginning in the late 1960's after the end of Theatre Censorship. Companies involved were among the first Black, Asian, lesbian, gay, women’s, disabled, political, experimental, and community-based theatre groups seen in Britain. Work ranged from experiments in physical and visual theatre or performance art, to vernacular drama, agit-prop and satire, championing a generation of artists whose work has influenced and shaped present day theatre. Excerpts from two plays that broke new ground both in what they were saying, and in who was saying it, will be read after Croft's presentation.

In an effort to renew the energy that was unleashed 50 years ago, we have convened a panel at 6:00pm with some of the leading theatrical practitioners currently challenging the status quo including Christine Bruno (disability advocate for the arts), Susana Cook (performance artist), Melanie Joseph (The Foundry) and Taylor Mac (recent Kennedy Prize winner). The panel is moderated by Melody Brooks, Artistic Director of New Perspectives and Co-producer of ON HER SHOULDERS.

The event concludes with a Public Forum tapping into the collective creative energy to encourage participants to become the Radical Voices for our own time.

ON HER SHOULDERS was founded in 2013 to present rehearsed, staged readings of plays by women from across the spectrum of time, with contemporary dramaturgs contextualizing them for modern audiences. The program seeks to make it impossible to deny or ignore the 1,000-year history and value of women's contribution to the theatrical canon. To date (through December 2016), the program has presented 30 plays by 26 writers from the years 1668 to 1966. OHS is produced by Melissa Attebery and Melody Brooks. Kristin Heckler is co-producer.

NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY (NPTC) is an award-winning, multi-racial company operating for the last 25 years in Midtown Manhattan and communities through NYC. The Company’s mission is to develop and produce new plays and playwrights, especially women and people of color; to present classic plays in a style that addresses contemporary issues; and to extend the benefits of theatre to young people and communities in need. Our aim is not to exclude, but to cast a wider net. www.nptnyc.org

THE SCHOOL OF DRAMA: The creative home for the future of performing arts. Agile. Engaged. Innovative. Multi-disciplinary. The New School of Drama is home to a dynamic group of young directors, writers, actors, creative technologists, and award-winning faculty. With a core belief in rigorous creativity and collaborative learning, our programs embrace civic awareness across performance disciplines to create work imbued with professionalism, imagination and social context. For more information, please visit www.newschool.edu/drama

The Play in Context, the dramaturgical and scholarly presentation component to the program, is sponsored in part by the League of Professional Theatre Women, a non-profit organization promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in theatre since 1982. www.theatrewomen.org

This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and in part, with public funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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