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Saturday 17 October 2020

The Afro-Existential Podcast’s Virtual Event: Creating Art in the Time of Corona

Featuring audio-play productions and guest interviews on afro-existential themes

Saturday 17 October 2020

The Afro-Existential Podcast, part of the Broadway Podcast Network, presented Creating Art in the Time of Corona livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 17 September 2020 at 6:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 8:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 9:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

The Afro-Existential Podcast, an audio-play and interview podcast series in one, hosted by television writer Indira G. Wilson and playwright and community psychologist Blaine Sparks-Teamer, features audio-play productions and guest interviews on afro-existential themes. Afro-Existentialism is Sparks-Teamer’s re-examination of existential philosophy through the filter of marginalized populations.

The audio-play, Dead Wait: A Journey in Afro-Existentialism, written by Sparks-Teamer and directed by Wilson, was produced during the Coronavirus pandemic. Making the play available via a podcast was their creative solution for reaching their quarantined audience. It then allowed them to discuss the afro-existential themes in the play and work through those issues with various guests that extended beyond the play.

Creating Art in the Time of Corona is Wilson and Sparks-Teamer's meditation on the artistic process and is their effort to empower and promote positive mental health. Sparks-Teamer stated, “During the current period of documented systematic racism and unfettered police brutality, being played against the backdrop of a pandemic, we wanted to share how we turned our ‘anguish into action’ and our chaos into a creative calling.”

Their special guests are husband and wife duo, singer-songwriter-recording artist, Sy Smith, and actor-producer-director, Shawn Carter Peterson. Together, they’ll share how they were also inspired to create art during the pandemic. During the last 20 minutes of the presentation, Wilson and Sparks-Teamer will answer any questions the virtual Zoom audience and the online social audience might have.

Find The Afro-Existential Podcast here and here and is available on Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict, and everywhere else you listen to podcasts. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Indira G. Wilson (co-host) is an actress and TV writer who first appeared on The Chris Rock Show, which led to work on Everybody Hates Chris, Black-ish, Glow,, and Apple TV's Truth Be ToldT. As a sketch performer, she performed with two popular sketch groups, Frog Island Comedy and Elite Delta Force 3. Indira was a Staff Writer on the hit CBS legal drama, Bull, and the FOX seminal drama, Empire. She’s currently a writer on the long-running CBS procedural, NCIS: LA.

Blaine Sparks-Teamer (co-host) is a novelist and playwright who infuses his community psych background into his playwriting. His plays include #BoxSeats: A Los Angeles Story, Dead Wait: A Journey in Afro-Existentialism, and Pandora’s Trunk. A Pasadena resident, he is a member of the Playwright’s Center and alumni of Los Angeles Theater Center’s Wordsmiths. Teamer’s debut novel is entitled, Shady: A Novel.

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