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Joe Wilson Jr. and Every 28 Hours at Trinity Repertory Company

 

It was originally a plan to chat with Joe about his new coming play on Billy Strayhorn; after all, I’ve heard so much Duke and Trane from my late father. Joe was heading back from Ferguson and this play was in progress; Every 28 Hours has to come first.

Tonight, artists, students and communities came together, audience filled Trinity Repertory Company play house to the rim. Here are some photos from the mini plays “Every 28 Hours”. Read the article and Joe Wilson Jr. from New York Times on this story and Joe’s thoughts and experience in his own words.

Thank you to Joe Wilson and Trinity Repertory Company for lifting the mirror and bring this project to our own beautiful city. Joe, Let’s talk soon about Billy Strayhorn, Duke and Trane!

 

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Trinity Rep invites the public to a kick-off performance of the nationwide theater initiative, Every 28 Hours, on Monday, October 26, 2015. The project responds to the statistic that every 28 hours, a black person is killed by police. Following a week-long workshop in St. Louis, Missouri with playwrights from around the country, the first public reading of up to 90 one-minute plays resulting from the workshop will be held in Trinity Rep’s Dowling Theater on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

“When I first heard about Every 28 Hours, I knew it was a conversation I wanted to bring to Providence and Trinity Rep,” says community engagement coordinator Rebecca Noon. “The activist community in Rhode Island has been present and vocal in the face of the national #blacklivesmatter movement. We need to open the city’s public spaces to engage in this big conversation. Every 28 Hours promises to be one of those nights where art connects people around a life and death matter.”

Resident acting company member Joe Wilson, Jr. will attend the workshop in St. Louis as a representative of Trinity Rep, and will spearhead the Trinity Rep performance. The readings will feature a wide range of local actors of all ages, races and experiences. Wilson will facilitate a conversation following the performances, sharing his experience in St. Louis, and opening the floor for a larger discussion with artists and audience.

About Every 28 Hours:

The One-Minute Play Festival (Dominic D’Andrea, Producing Artistic Director) and Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Claudia Alick, Producer) are partnering to produce Every 28 Hours: a national partnership with a focus on the widely shared statistic that every 28 hours in America, a black person is killed by police. Sixty to ninety plays about this historic time, written by playwrights from across the nation, with participation from theaters across the U.S., will be read in site specific venues in St. Louis County on October 23 and 24, 2015 with St. Louis Producer Jacqueline Thompson.

Collaborators include: Richard Montoya, Ralph Remington, Dominique Morriseau, Liza Jesse Peterson, Stew, Rickerby Hinds, Robert Schenkkan, Aurin Squire, Idris Goodwin, Jim McManus, Shishir Kurup, Robert Alexander,Zakiyyah Alexander, Larissa Fasthorse, Tavia Nyongo, David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, The Black Rep, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, That Uppity Theatre Company, St Louis Rep Theater, Salt House Collective, Trinity Repertory Company, The Team, Know Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Voices United, Sojourn Theater, Looking Glass Theater, Urban Theater Movement, Fishtank Performance Studio, Cleveland Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, ACT and The National Black Theater.

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