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Coffee County Memory Project – The Integration Years (1966-1972)

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“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner

First results:  In the below audio clips, interviewees discuss the same subject from different vantage points.

Two Teachers
As the federal laws mandating total integration were implemented, teachers faced new challenges, personal and professional. 2 minutes

The End of Jim Crow
The laws changed, but habits were hard to break. 2 minutes

First Day of School
In September, 1965 the Coffee County School System maintained separate schools for black and white students. But, for the first time, students could choose which school they wanted to attend. A small number of African American students chose to attend the “white” schools. In this recording, we hear how students of both races experienced the change. 9 minutes.

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HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! – A Political Cabaret

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The York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company welcomed the return of its New2NY Series with the New York Premiere of the new musical HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN!, based on Plunkitt of Tammany Hall — A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics, adapted by T. Cat Ford and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney).

The year is 1905. One week before the next election. New York City. Tammany Hall politician George Washington Plunkitt has gathered a group of new immigrants for the purpose of educating them on the subtleties of the American political system.  Join the party and experience a real-life lesson on honest graft, dishonest graft and the American way that’s as relevant now as it was over 100 years ago!

Creative Team Sept. 2016

Creative team:  Bill Castellino, Director; T. Cat Ford, Playwright; Ryan Touhey, Music Director; James Morgan, Artistic Director

CLIPS FROM THE SHOW!

Opening Night at The York!

Opening Night

BACKGROUND AND PROCESS

DEVELOPMENTAL WORKSHOPS AND READINGS:

In Creede Colorado at the 2016 National Winter Playwright’s Retreat – Had a great reading of HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN, A Political Cabaret based on Plunkitt of Tammany Hall and songs from the early 20th Century American Songbook with Manuel Zarate, Tim Jerome, Ann Pittman, Logan Ernsthall and Christian Pederson. Many thanks to The Human Stage, HBMG Foundation and Creede Repertory Theatre for sponsoring this wonderful retreat.

On May 26th there was a reading of HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN at The Players Club.

Director:  Bill Castellino  Musical Director:  Satomi Hofmann Dramaturge:  Cate Cammarata

Actors:  Tim Jerome, Dan Manjovi, Gannon McHale and Frank J. Paul

The Chaos Trade @ Occupy Wall Street

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A rehearsal adventure with Gideon Banner, Wynn Harmon, Mark Ethan Toporek, wall street workers and occupiers!

“The Big Kahuna” New Producer Endowment

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Theatre Resources Unlimited presented Ms. Ford with “The Big Kahuna” New Producer Endowment in recognition of her business plan for A SIMPLE GIFT.  She is pictured here with Michael Alden, program director for TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program and Bob Ost, TRU’s founder and president.

READING WRAPUP!

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Sending out thanks to the wonderful actors who participated in the reading of THE CHAOS TRADE.  Gideon Banner, Michael Billingsley, Michael Cullen, Brian DeCaluwe, Anna O’Donoghue, Mark Ethan, John FitzGibbon, Fernando Gamarra, Kelly McAndrew, Joel Rooks, Barbara Suter, Nicholas Urda and Sandy York.  Also special thanks to Susanne Boulle for her wonderful direction!

POW’R IN THE BLOOD

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Barter Theatre Patron Response

“Outstanding!  This was by far one of the most moving plays my wife and I have attended at the Barter.  The depth, quality and performance will certainly last as a memorable one.  It was uncannily funny, intensely dramatic, inspirationally real and emotionally challenging.  When attending a performance that has you reflecting on the message and delivery well beyond the theatre then you’ve hit a home run, and in the experience we shared in the performance of “Power in the Blood” you undoubtedly hit a Grand Slam.  Thanks to all for a brilliant performance.”

POW’R IN THE BLOOD

on Nov 27 in Plays posted by

“They don’t let you stay mad in heaven.”

Synopsis

Going home isn’t easy. When Heather comes home to Georgia to visit her mother in the hospital, reconnecting with her Southern roots is not as easy as it once was. As mother and daughter struggle to understand one another we see there is indeed ‘wonder working pow’r in the blood.’ A funny and touching story about family and forgiveness.

Character breakdown: 4 women, 3 men

Production History:

POW’R IN THE BLOOD opened Barter Theatre’s 75th anniversary season to rave reviews. Prior to that it was a finalist for the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, Humana Festival and the National Playwrights Conference.

Barter Theatre Production

Barter Theatre PosterPow’r In The Blood Reviews

Patron commnent:  “Outstanding!  This was by far one of the most moving plays my wife and I have attended at the Barter.  The depth, quality and performance will certainly last as a memorable one.  It was uncannily funny, intenselydramatic, inspirationally real and emotionally challenging.  When attending a performance that has you reflecting on the message and delivery well beyond the theatre then you’ve hit a home run, and in the experience we shared in the performance of “Power in the Blood” you undoubtedly hit a Grand Slam.  Thanks to all for a brilliant performance.”

Read Scenes from the play

POW’R – Scene 1 POW’R – Scene 2

Barter Theatre Set Design

THE CHAOS TRADE

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An American Comedy of Investment Errors

“If we don’t fire a few more people we’re going to end up selling organs in order to meet our bonus requirements. And whose kidney do you think it’s going to be? Yours or mine?”

Synopsis

In the spirit of the New York Times best sellers Too Big to Fail and The Big Short, docu-play THE CHAOS TRADE offers the first full-length American theatrical response to the financial meltdown. Written by a former employee of a famously failed investment bank, the show traces the bank’s final days through the eyes of traders on the floor.

This fast-paced and surprisingly comic play hurtles the audience through the dissolution of a once-venerable banking institution. Staged “on location,” the play opens on the trading floor as the crisis begins to unfold. News coverage of the crash unfolding bombards the bank’s employees and the audience as characters share the real lives behind the high-stakes game of trading. With livelihoods on the line and billions of dollars at risk, the drama is tense and the gallows humor, a high voltage entertainment experience.

But was the institution the corporation or its people? Who or what was really behind the bank’s meltdown? And who or what will survive?

Character breakdown: 3 women, 8 men

Read Chaos Trade Scenes

Scene 6, Human Resources Scene 8, Trading Floor

The Chaos Trade @ Occupy Wall Street

searchers.net

on Nov 27 in Plays posted by

“What are the three things in life we all need to be happy?”

             “Is it possible to become allergic to your anti-depressants?”

Synopsis

A mid-life Maggie, Cheryl and Lou, find themselves alone. They each embark on a search for that perfect soul mate via the internet – Lou through gay on-line bulletin boards; Maggie and Cheryl through internet dating services. We meet their dates, share their dreams and eventually, share their delusions. In a world where looking for that special someone has all the grace of flipping through a Sears & Roebuck catalogue – is true love still possible?

Cast breakdown: 2 women, 4 men

Production History

Searchers.net was developed in the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Workshop and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. It received three staged readings sponsored by 29th Street Rep. and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre.

Read scenes from the play

searchers.net – Scene 1                searchers.net – Scene 2