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Radical Imagination: A Conversation with Robin Kelley & Taylor Mac at The Foundry Theatre in New York—Monday 31 March 2014


The Foundry Theatre in 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 13 March at 4 p.m. PDT/ 6 p.m. CDT/ 7 p.m. EDT/ 11 p.m. GMT. In Twitter, use #howlround 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 theatre 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.


About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre, arts, and cultural community. The channel is at howlround.tv and is a free and shared resource for live events and performances relevant to the world's live arts fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Follow and use hashtag #howlround in Twitter to participate in a community of peers revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field. Our community uses the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). You can become a producer and co-produce with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, contact @HowlRound on Twitter, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.


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