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Theater of War's "The Drum Major Instinct," April 30
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:09 pm EDT 04/20/17

WORLD PREMIERE

Theater of War Productions and NYC Public Artist in Residence Bryan Doerries present

“THE DRUM MAJOR INSTINCT”
as part of the inaugural BRIC OPEN Festival

A dramatization of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final sermon accompanied by original music performed by a gospel choir

Cast includes Samira Wiley and NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams

The reading will be followed by an open community discussion on race and social justice

WHAT:
Commissioned by BRIC for its inaugural BRIC OPEN Festival, this innovative new project by Theater of War Productions will engage diverse audiences in powerful dialogue about racism, inequality, and social justice by presenting a dramatic reading of King’s final sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct” by leading actors including Samira Wiley and NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams.

A live performance of original music composed by Philip Woodmore will accompany the reading, performed by a large gospel choir, composed of singers, activists, police officers, and musicians from St. Louis, Missouri and Brooklyn, New York. The performance will culminate in a dynamic guided audience discussion facilitated by NYC Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) Bryan Doerries, Hailey Nolasco, project planner for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project and David Gaskin, program manager of Save Our Streets (S.O.S) Crown Heights.

The event is one of over 60 events Bryan Doerries and Theater of War Productions will stage in all five boroughs of New York City as part of Bryan’s appointment as the latest NYC Public Artist in Residence (PAIR), a joint appointment with the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs; the PAIR events are co-produced by Brooklyn Public Library and made possible by a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

WHEN:
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1-3 pm

WHERE:
BRIC House Ballroom, BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

WHO:
Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black, The Handmaid’s Tale)
Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member District 45

TICKETS:
Admission is free. To reserve seats, please visit the BRIC OPEN Festival website

Discussion Facilitated by:

Bryan Doerries, Public Artist in Residence (PAIR), City of New York
David Gaskin, Program Manager at S.O.S. Crown Heights
Hailey Nolasco, Project Planner for the Bedford-Stuyvesant Anti-Violence Project
Images and interviews available upon request.

ABOUT THEATER OF WAR PRODUCTIONS:

Theater of War Productions is a social impact company that uses theater as a catalyst for public conversations to help communities address pressing public health and social issues such as combat-related psychological injury, suicide, end of life care, prison reform, political violence, natural and manmade disaster, domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction. Theater of War Productions was co-founded in 2009 by Bryan Doerries and Phyllis Kaufman, who served as Producing Director from 2009 to 2016. Doerries currently serves as the company’s Artistic Director. For more information, please visit: www.theaterofwar.com

ABOUT PAIR:

Launched by the Department of Cultural Affairs in 2015, New York City’s PAIR – Public Artist in Residence - is a municipal artist residency program that embeds artists in city government to propose and implement creative solutions to pressing civic challenges. PAIR artists create lasting impact by working collaboratively and in open-ended processes to build community bonds, open channels for dialogue, and create new possibilities for those who experience and participate in the work.

Doerries’ two-year PAIR residency will bring theater projects and community conversations that address critical public health and social issues to all five boroughs. Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is a co-producer of the project as part of its role as a resource and advocate for civic engagement, education, artistic expression, and fostering public discourse. In partnership with the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs, this city-wide project is made possible through a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

ABOUT BRIC:

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces. Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn. In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences. BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity. Learn more at BRICartsmedia.org.

BRIC OPEN Festival Co-Sponsor: ALLOY
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