Storyteller entries in THE ROAD WEEPS BULLETIN

I was fortunate enough to be asked to come on board as a “Storyteller” for Pillsbury House Theatre (www.pillsburyhousetheater.org) via a partnership with the LARK Consortium. Basically, over the course of 10 months, I have been chronicling issues surrounding Marcus Garley’s provocative new play “The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry,” which Pillsbury House will produce later this year.

This is a creative and exciting approach to audience and community engagement, as the Consortium is working with five theaters across the country, in order to bring this play, about a Black Seminole community struggling with their past and present, to a variety of audiences, and allow each center to present a unique interpretation of the work.

Learn more about the LARK Consortium, and this partnership by visiting: http://roadweeps.org/about/

You can also read up on the storytellers, at theaters and in communities around the country (including moi), on the site:

http://roadweeps.org/storytellers/

Check out Vol. I (Nov.-Dec. 2011) of THE ROAD WEEPS BULLETIN here. It gives an overview of Pillsbury House’s involvement in the LARK Initiative, and its upcoming production of “The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry.”

http://roadweeps.org/story-1-from-mineappolis/

Vol. II (Jan.-Feb. 2012) can be accessed below. It is a short video of playwright Marcus Gardley describing some themes and ideas in the play.

http://roadweeps.org/in-marcuss-words-the-road-weeps/

Vol. III (Mar.-Apr. 2012) is an exploration

http://roadweeps.org/how-long-must-the-road-weep-for-us-in-the-twin-cities/

I am now in the process of assembling Vol. 4, which will explore the possible role that education can play in the Twin Cities, in terms of raising awareness of Native-Black encounters like “The Road Weeps…” explores. It should be posted on the Bulletin (roadweeps.org) by mid-May.

Stay tuned…And please visit past and recent bulletins to share your thoughts. I am really interested to hear what folks think about all of this.

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One thought on “Storyteller entries in THE ROAD WEEPS BULLETIN

  1. Greetings, I am Phil Fixico, a Seminole Maroon Descendant. My ancestors were among the people that this play is talking about, both Maroon Blacks and Seminole Indians. My and their story is currently featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s , book and exhibit, entitled: “indiVisible”:African-Native American Lives in the Americas. Dr. Kevin Mulroy, the Dean of Library Sciences at Chaffey College, is the World’s Leading Authority on Seminole Maroons. He was the Smithsonian Institution’s researcher who documented my geneaology , for the book and the exhibit, he is also, the author of the definitive book on this topic. It is entitled: “The Seminole Freedmen”, Published by , University of Oklahoma Press, copywright 2007. I have not seen the play, as of yet, however, I’m overjoyed that, at last the story , that was” hidden and forbidden” is coming out. I have been asked to appear on a panel at the Los Angeles Theater Center, following a matinee performance in Los Angeles on November 3rd, 2013. I am honored and thrilled to join a panel that includes, Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, USC and Professor Hanay Geiogamah , UCLA. The topic for discussion is , “Exploring African-Native American and Native American Spiritualty”. ” Through Warm Tears of Gratitude”, Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, California Semiroon Mico (Nation of One) and Heniha forthe Wildcat/John Horse Band of the Seminoles of Texas and Old Mexico.
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