The Foundry Theatre, New York presents Radical Imagination: A Conversation with Robin Kelley & Taylor Mac livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday, March 31 at 4pm PDT/ 6pm CDT/ 7pm EDT/ 11pm GMT. In Twitter, use #newplay and follow @FoundryTheatre for online conversation.
Can you think of a moment or an experience that suddenly made you think the world could actually work differently?
There’s a long history and myriad contemporary practices in which truly radical imagination is at play—especially in the worlds of theatre and social justice practice. Please join author/historian Robin D.G. Kelley and writer/performer Taylor Mac as we excavate this precious capacity—together.
This event opens The Foundry Theatre's 2014 Foundry Dialogues which continue in May—when we will examine the radical imagination in practice as we explore the creation of alternatives to current policing and imprisonment practices, alternatives that strive to achieve authentic safety for us all.
If you are in New York City, find out how to attend in person.
Robin D.G. Kelley is an author and Professor of History and American Studies at UCLA. Recent books include: Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times; Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of An American Original, and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination. He lives with his family and his Baldwin baby grand piano in LA.
Taylor Mac is a multi-award-winning playwright, singer- songwriter, cabaret performer, actor, performance artist, and sometime director and producer who performs his work across the world.
From the Foundry Theatre:
“Without new visions, we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down. We not only end up confused, rudderless, and cynical, but we forget that making a revolution is not a series of clever maneuvers and tactics, but a process that can and must transform us.”—Robin DG Kelley
“Most of all I believe theater is community and I think of myself as a community activist: someone whose job it is to bring people together, give them a shared experience and remind them of the things they’ve forgotten, dismissed or buried.” —Taylor Mac
These ideas in many ways lead all the Foundry’s work, which is a kind of solidarity research that aims to open up different kinds of slowed-down and concentrated spaces between and among people and groups, where we can intervene in whatever stagnation or fatalism we each bring to such spaces, to consider—together—some of our glorious "what ifs".
And so this evening.
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