Our Life: The Black Youth Stories Project

June 4, 2015 • 8 PM
Contemporary Arts Center - Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

About the Program

A production of carefully pieced stories from black Americans about the black experience in America. Specifically, these narratives focus on the experience of black youths, past and present, forced to view their blackness as a limitation and the lasting effects these limitations create. Our intent is to develop a performance piece that creates a conversation about the current climate of black America, compares it to the conditions of the past, and fosters dialogue on how we can begin to navigate the continuing adversity. There will be talkbacks held after each performance to allow an open forum during which audience members may express their thoughts about the issues at hand as well as the production’s process and message.

Our Life: The Black Youth Stories Project
Written by Ross Jackson, Megan Gainey, Taylor Fagins
Based upon stories collected from black Americans about the black experience in America

Directed by Amanda Novoa

Scenic design by Morgan Price
Projection design by Glenn Michael Baker
Costume design by Kaitlyn Kaufman
Lighting design by Jamie Eby
Sound designer/composition by Mark Caspary & Brian Svoboda
Stage managed by Alex Meyer and Caitlin Bosworth

Performed by
Christopher Bearden, Taylor Fagins, and Maribel Martinez

Conceived and produced by Ross Jackson
Co-produced by Joel Veenstra

Supported by and developed by countless others
including New Narratives: Conversations on Identities & Culture
and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Drama Department

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