MY ASHEVILLE, N.C. CHALLENGE !
I am thrilled to announce I am trying out in Asheville, N.C., some of the community bridging ideas that I developed in my many years of grassroots teaching and organizing in Brooklyn. (Check out my BACK STORY comic ). I am also thrilled to be putting my own developing art on display in Asheville for feedback, and hopefully support and collaboration.
FIRST CHALLENGE: Find an Asheville location where I could showcase some of my work and ideas ! The first organization supporting my work is The Story Parlor, which is donating open
space it has on Sunday, November 6th, for me to put on a table reading of my feature script, BILLIE'S SONG, An Urban Fairy Tale.
SECOND CHALLENGE: This pop-up reading is happening in 20 days ! Can I recruit both readers and audience ? Space limited to 49 occupants -- so not a stadium ! (Check out the CASTING CALL, which includes a script synopsis and character descriptions, and the process for applying to read a role).
THIRD CHALLENGE: Can I tie my community bridging goals into my recruitment for both beginning actors/readers and audience ? The script has half Black and half white characters, I've targeted a 4 mile Outreach Area and I'm starting my cold calling today -- to public housing developments to arts organizations to libraries and through online groups and announcement boards.
Will the project interest people ? Will they share the announcement ? Will I even get through to humans ?
That's what this blog is going to be about. Me wanting to put on a show, and trying to get others to play ! It starts first with the pop-up reading on November 6th.
The larger goal / ambition is to put on theatrical readings* of BILLIE'S SONG in Spring 2023, in diverse areas of my targeted outreach area.
(*i.e. Actors read from scripts, but have blocking, wardrobe, props, and minimalist sets, obtained in a community scavenger hunt or created by community members)
I believe Asheville is the place I can grow my work and ideas !
Ha-ha ! But I no more know the outcome than you.
Here's to leaping ! - Trayce