The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented a staged reading of Feast livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 12 December at 6:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 23:30 GMT-UTC (London). In Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and @segalcenter and use #howlround.
Feast is a theatrical exploration with vibrant music and dazzling dance of the magnificent, cross-continental Yoruba culture. Directed by Awoye Timpo. Followed by a discussion with Elyse Dodgson, International Director, The Royal Court Theatre; Sade Lythcott, CEO, National Black Theatre; and others.
Originally produced in 2013 by the Young Vic and the Royal Court, this is the first presentation of Feast in the US. Afro-Caribbean traditions and ancestral lore come to life in this energetic work about three sisters who become divided at a crossroads on their way to a family dinner. From Nigeria in the 1700s through Brazil, Cuba, and the USA to London in 2013, the sisters survive by their spirits—spirits of courage, mischief, and incredible resilience.
Feast was written by playwrights Yunior García Aguilera (Cuba), Rotimi Babatunde (Nigeria), Marcos Barbosa (Brazil), Tanya Barfield (US), and Gbolahan Obisesan (UK) and originally directed by Rufus Norris. Artistic Producer: Elyse Dodgson.
In collaboration with National Black Theatre.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Cecelia and Seward Johnson.
Elyse Dodgson has been a member of the Royal Court artistic team since 1985—first, as Director of the Young People’s Theatre and, since 1995, as an Associate Director and Head of the International Department. She was the first director of the International Summer School (now the Royal Court International Residency) which she started in 1989, and has produced the Royal Court Young Writers Festival (1986-91) and more than 30 full productions of new international plays at The Royal Court since 1997. Elyse has co-ordinated play development in many parts of the world including Chile, China, Cuba, Nigeria, Uganda, Mexico, Lebanon, Palestine, Russia, Syria, India, Brazil, and South Africa. She has also edited five anthologies of international plays, all published by Nick Hern Books, from Germany, Spain, Mexico, and the Arab World. She was the recipient of the 2004 Young Vic Award and, in 2010, received an MBE for her contribution to "international theatre and young writers overseas."
Awoye Timpo (Director) Credits include Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theater), Carnaval (National Black Theatre), Ndebele Funeral (59E59; South African tour; Edinburgh Festival), The Libation Bearers (Shakespeare Theatre NJ), Chasing the Bird (Joyce Theater), Children of the Road (NYU Grad Acting), In the Continuum (Juilliard), Tears of Anatolia (Columbia), Araby (La Mama), Clybourne Park (Farmers Alley), Ruined (WMU), The Vanished (Novisi, site-specific), Rhinoceros (Novisi). Broadway: Assistant Director, Shuffle Along; Associate Director, Jitney (upcoming). Other: Page 73, TerraNOVA, Ma-Yi, Royal Shakespeare Company, WNYC, ABC/Disney, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab.
Sade Lythcott, born and raised in New York City, is the daughter of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, founder of the National Black Theater and legendary champion of African-American culture in New York. Following her mother’s death in 2008, Sade was appointed CEO of the NBT, and is also co-chair of the Coalitions of Theaters of Color. A graduate of New York University with a BA in Art History, Sade lives in Harlem, NY. Prior to joining the NBT family, Sade has performed with several Off- and Off-Off Broadway theater companies, including appearances as Gail in Ron Milner’s Urban Transition: Loose Blossom at the New Federal Theater directed by Woodie King, Jr., and as Dorothy Dandridge in Dorothy Dandridge: Before, After & Now directed by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. In 2012 Lythcott wrote & produced highly acclaimed musical A Time To Love, garnering 3 AUDELCO nominations and the Key to Harlem for her excellence in the Arts. She is a recipient of the 2015 Rising Star Award from 651 ARTS and the Larry Leon Hamlin Legacy Award from Black Theatre Network.
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