Chasing Mehserle by Chinaka Hodge with Intersection, Campo Santo, the Living Word Project and Youth Speaks
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Intersection for the Arts with Campo Santo (Intersection's resident theatre company) and the Living Word Project (Youth Speaks's theatre company) are proud to present Chasing Mehserle, a new performance piece that maps the city of Oakland's changing demographics, morphing culture, gentrification and the still active fears, angers and sadness surrounding the real-life tragedy of Oscar Grant's murder by BART police officer Johanas Mehserle on New Years Day, 2009.
Chasing Mehserle is brought to life by the core collaborators that developed and premiered the first play in this cycle by Chinaka Hodge in 2010, Mirrors In Every Corner. The creative team includes director Marc Bamuthi Joseph, USA Artists Awards Winner and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Performing Arts Curator; collaborative director Sean San Jose, Campo Santo director and Intersection's Performance Program Director; visual artist Evan Bissell, recent Headlands Artist Resident; and video designer Joan Osato, MAP Fund Award Winner, and Campo Santo designers Alejandro Acosta, Tanya Orellana, and Darl Andrew Packard. The production includes a soundscape and music from local favorite DJ and Campo Santo member, Juan "DJ Wonway Posibul" Amador, and features an array of performers including: Tristan Cunningham (most recently in California Shakespeare Theater's Winter's Tale and upcoming Midsummer Night's Dream), actress and singer Halili Knox (recently singing and performing in Margo Hall's BeBop Baby and regularly in Lorraine Hansberry's seasons), Tommy Shepherd (Campo Santo Familia member and collaborator with Bamuthi Joseph and Dan Wolf), Danez Smith (award-winning Brave New Voices spoken word poet), Michael Turner (currently touring the country in Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh), Jonathan Williams (of Fusion Theatre Company led by Campo Santo co-founder Michael Torres) and playwright and emcee Dan Wolf of Felonious (whose own play about Berkeley, Daylighting, opens at Shotgun Players two weeks after Chasing Mehserle.)
The production will further Intersection's work with Campo Santo in not only creating new performance pieces, but immersive productions and integrated outreach that pushes definitions of performance spaces and what and for whom performances are created.
This project follows recent work with Campo Santo on The River by Richard Montoya, Alleluia, The Road by Luis Alfaro and the Califas Festival with California Shakespeare, and Tree City Legends by Dennis Kim with the Living Word Project and directed also Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
Find out more about the world premiere performance HERE: http://theintersection.org/chasing-mehserle
The play examines our justice systems, our class systems, and racial systems using this emblematic case study to reframe the treatment of people of color and younger generations not as targets, but as victims of these many broken systems. The play will run at Intersection for the Arts's main space in an immersive setting of art installation, video maps, and performers populating this journey through Oakland. After the limited engagement, three-week run, Chasing Mehserle will move to a larger visual surrounding setting at the Z Space for three shows only on May 30 - June 1, 2014 in preparation for a national tour.
The commissioning and production of this world premiere is made possible by The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation 2012 Playwright Commissioning Awards initiative.
Image Credit: Playwright Chinaka Hodge, Visual Artist Evan Bissell, and Lead Director Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Photos by Joan Osato.
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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