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Here on This Bridge: The -Ism Project
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora is now offering tickets for our world premiere production of Here on This Bridge: The -Ism Project directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly. Tickets prices are multi-tiered suggested donation between $10-20, with $5 Arts for All and Student tickets.
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora Announces
Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project
Original New Work by Josie Seid, Samson Syharath, Yasmin Ruvalcaba, Heather Raffo, Bonnie Ratner, Roberta Hunte and Dmae Roberts.
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 21, 2018— MediaRites, a nonprofit organization that provides innovative, award-winning documentary, theatre and outreach programs, today announced its first full production and original work for its Theatre Diaspora program. Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project is a 70-minute full production comprised of six short monologues exploring the intersections of race, gender, orientation and national origin, with stories specifically from Pacific Northwest perspectives. The monologues were developed in local workshops curated from a national submission process. Directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly, the show was comprised actors of color who participated in a six-month series of workshops to bring this production to life. All shows will include post-show discussions with audience members to bridge divides and create much-needed empathy, understanding and compassion.
Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project will premiere at the Fertile Ground Festival at Portland State University’s Boiler Room Theatre, Lincoln Hall (1620 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201). There will be eight performances in Portland at PSU for the following show dates: January 24-27 and February 7-10, 2018. Performances are sliding scale donations which will make it possible to tour this production around the Oregon. The show is suitable for audiences age 14+. This original project is made possible with funding from The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Ronni Lacroute, and The Collins Foundation.
“I grew up in rural Oregon and I know first-hand the difficulty families of color can have,” says Dmae Roberts, executive producer of MediaRites and Theatre Diaspora. “Now more than ever we need to create allies and build bridges —not walls, to share stories and insights across our diverse communities toward a better understanding of each other.”
The monologues cover topical subjects such as tolerance, understanding and bridging divides. Examples include:
- “Being Me In The Current America” by Josie Seid. A Black middle-class woman experiences racial profiling in Oregon.
- “Lockdown Drills” by Heather Raffo. An Iraqi refugee woman reacts to news of shootings and child safety
- “See Her Strength” by Samson Syharath. A gay Laotian man honors his refugee mother’s strength.
- “Carmelita” by Yasmin Ruvalcaba. A Latina recalls the harrowing story of her mother escaping hardship and violence to cross the Rio Grande River to America.
- “That Diversity Thing” by Bonnie Ratner & Roberta Hunte. A Black tradeswoman negotiates the complicated terrain of diversity training.
- “Harvest” by Dmae Roberts. An Asian American reflects on tragic family history with Oregon’s exclusion laws.
After the Portland performances, MediaRites plans to tour the show with community discussions and workshops in Beaverton, Hillsboro, McMinnville and Hood River from late February through April. More information about Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project will be added in the near future, and will be found on the Theatre Diaspora website: www.theatrediaspora.org.
To help support this project and the Oregon tour, please make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal at: http://www.theatrediaspora.org/ or to http://mediarites.org. Any Oregon town wanting to host this project, please contact us at: email@example.com.
MediaRites’ Goals for Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project,
MediaRites is excited to produce this original work and has the following goals for this production:
1) To produce an original theatrical work that will eventually travel throughout the state.
2) To address the divide and the backlash against People of Color (PoC), women, LGBTQI people, immigrants and refugees that have become more visible and frequent since the 2016 presidential election. 3) To address the intersections of race with sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.
4) To create community dialogues which we value as well as the professional work we hope to create.
5) To provide continued opportunities for theatre artists of color with workshop and training as well as to perform in this new work.
About Theatre Diaspora
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora program is Oregon’s only professional Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre company, committed to portraying authentic AAPI cultural, historical, and social perspectives to reach broad audiences. By strongly advocating through compelling performances and post-show discussions, Theatre Diaspora bridges communities to foster inclusion, social-awareness, and open conversations on race and cultural diversity – celebrating the AAPI experience. To learn more, visit the website: www.theatrediaspora.org.
MediaRites provides innovative, award-winning documentary, theatre and outreach programs. Previous projects include the Peabody-winning Crossing East, the eight hour-documentary radio series; Mei Mei, the film version of the Peabody-winning radio documentary, The Breast Cancer Monologues, a radio and theater outreach project, Ellen McLaughlin’s Tongue of a Bird and the original stage play, The Time Between (part of The Grief Project); Coming Home: The Return of the Alutiiq Masks and In The Mix: Conversations with Artists Between Races. Our artistic documentaries have garnered two Peabody awards, several Asian American Journalists Awards, the Clarion, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, and the Casey Medal. For more information, visit the MediaRites website: www.mediarites.org.
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora – Touring
“Here On This Bridge: The—Ism Project” is an original 70-minute new work by Josie Seid, Samson Syharath, Yasmin Ruvalcaba, Heather Raffo, Bonnie Ratner, Roberta Hunte and Dmae Roberts.
The show is directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly and is composed of six short monologues exploring the intersections of race, gender, orientation and nationality, including stories with specifically Pacific Northwest perspectives. Monologues were developed in local workshops also curated from a national submission process. Actors are comprised of Theatre Diaspora ensemble members and actors of color who participated in a six-month series of workshops for development and training.
Performances will include post-show community dialogues with audience members in an effort to bridge divides and create much-needed empathy, understanding and compassion. The long-term goal of this project is to tour small towns and rural communities across Oregon
“Here On This Bridge: The—Ism Project” begins its tour of performances, community dialogues and workshops to Beaverton, Hillsboro, Hood River, McMinnville, and Corvallis February through May, 2019.
All shows are geared to find common ground through community discussions with ages 14 and up.
The tour will feature
- A one-hour community workshop
- A 30-40 minute community dialogue
- 6 actors
- Stage and tour director.
Cost for host organization is $2500 for up to 6 actors and crew. Partnering in fundraising will also be considered). For locations more than 2 hours from Portland, an overnight stay will be required and will add another $500 to the budget.
A space with a staging area that is separate from the audience area. Theatres are preferred but large community rooms can be possible.
- Six Chairs
- Two small tables
- Access to Sound equipment and electrical outlets
- Lighting can be a simple as lights on and off
- Backstage area or room for actors dressing room
- Two separate dressing rooms, with easy access to the stage and appropriate furnishings.
- Easy access to a working bathroom that is only for the actors and crew.
- Water for actors and crew
- One long table for front of house for donations, ticket sales and marketing materials
- Front of house volunteers provided by Host organization
- Representative who can act as technical adviser to the venue
Why this project now? Three years ago MediaRites created Theatre Diaspora at a time when there was little Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre being done. When it was being produced, often companies would either hire non-AAPI actors to portray Asians, several times in “yellowface” makeup. There was a great need for awareness about AAPI representation and stereotyping, as well as opportunities to create excellent work featuring AAPI artists for AAPI and PoC audiences
MediaRites has five goals in this project. 1) To produce an original theatrical work that will eventually travel throughout the state. 2) To address the divide and the backlash against People of Color (PoC), women, LGBTQI people, immigrants and refugees that have become more visible and frequent since the 2016 presidential election. 3) To address the intersections of race with sexism, homophobia and xenophobia. 4) To create community dialogues which we value as well as the professional work we hope to create. 5) To provide continued opportunities for theatre artists of color with workshop and training as well as to perform in this new work.
Sample Schedule for workshop and show/dialogue :
Linfield College – McMinnville – 3/19/19