The Box Marked Black, written & performed by Damaris Webb, directed by Debra Disbrow with dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes
What does it mean to be black?
Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned...
What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue?
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presented in repertory with Hoarded Stuff Performance's "Practicing" - times vary
About the artist:
Damaris Webb is a performer, theater maker and teaching artist, based in Portland, Oregon. Webb’s work lives in the intersection of contemplative dance, improvisational performance art, and contemporary theater, and is often seen in non-traditional performance venues such as late night parties, warehouses and church basements. Her work is sometimes epic and may involve zombies or superheroes or sock puppets. As a director and producer, Webb is concerned with inspiring and supporting others to engage in conversation to articulate a vision of the world they want to live in, and to take community action in making it manifest.
Damaris recently returned home to her native Portland after 26 years of making and producing work in New York City. In Portland, Webb serves as the co-founder and director of Portland’s The Vanport Mosaic, a collective of artists, storytellers, educators and media makers seeking to engage the public in remembering the silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest.
Formerly the Artist Director of NY’s The Tennessee Project, Webb was responsible for more than 10 seasons of original and pre-scripted works exploring everything from Shakespeare to comic book superheroes. Webb was also responsible for the longest running Zombie Walk in NYC, co-founded Portland’s Solstice Starlight Parade (a grassroots parade happening), and often performed around NYC with The Modern Dance Awareness Society. Damaris served as a coach for PlayWrite Inc. and The August Wilson Monologue Competition, as well as a master teaching artist with NY based Enact.
Webb holds an MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BFA in Acting from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing.
About our panelists:
Arthur Antoine is from the Caribbean island St. Lucia. He obtained a BSc. degree in Civil Engineering from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus in Trinidad & Tobago in 2003. On completion, he worked for a multinational engineering consultancy, tasked with Civil Engineering and Project Management duties for various projects in the Caribbean. In 2009, he graduated from Texas A&M University with an MSc. degree in Ocean Engineering, then continued his professional development in the Caribbean Engineering/Construction industry.
Currently, Arthur is a PhD Candidate in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests are in the areas of procurement and, project delivery, in particular, alternative contracting methods. At CU, he has served in various executive roles with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) collegiate chapter, also, he is Co-President of The Caribbean Students Alliance of Boulder. In his extracurricular activities, he enjoys mentoring students in Engineering and, meeting people to learn about their culture and share experiences.
Paris Ferribee is originally from Colorado Springs, CO and is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with Bachelor's in Communication from the College of Media, Communication, and Information and Business Marketing with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the Leeds School of Business. Paris currently works for Project VOYCE, a non-profit in Denver, CO with a mission to "develop future leaders in underrepresented communities by training and employing youth to work on real life school and community challenges." As their Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Paris is responsible for a number of tasks, including updating and maintaining Project VOYCE's social media presence, designing flyers, graphics, e-vites, and other marketing material for major events hosted by Project VOYCE. Paris has had a number of opportunities, including working for the University of Colorado Boulder Alumni Association and Decibel Marketing Group. She was the Treasurer for the Zeta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and past president of the Black Student Alliance for CU Boulder. She is extremely excited about the projects she is a part of and wishes to be a voice for the underrepresented communities present in Denver.
Vanessa Roberts is a self-titled “artivist” currently based in Boulder, Colorado. The term “artivist” refers to an intentional combination of the arts, activism, and academic practice. In Roberts’ work all three are equally valued and important, as each informs and influences the other. She believes in the power of performance to open new spaces for learning and connection; therefore her presentations are interwoven with humor, personal stories and a love of social justice, inspiring us all to go beyond our constructed limitations.
Ms. Roberts received her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in 2008 where she designed her own Liberal Arts and Science major entitled Critical Race Theory: Emphasis Performance Comedy, and minored in American Cultural Studies. Her major was based in the Philosophy and Drama/Dance department, but pulled its curriculum from various academic areas including Sociology, Gender Studies and English. She went on to receive her Master of Arts in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of Art at New York University in 2009, where her focus was on racial and ethnic performativity in the wake of the African diaspora.
Currently she speaks, trains, and performs nationally, traveling to a multitude of educational institutions, conferences, businesses, and also provides services as a Diversity and Inclusion consultant for private clients in Colorado. In addition, the majority of her time is absorbed with her PhD pursuit and teaching duties in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder where her concentrations are cultural sociology and feminist qualitative methodology. The crux of her work as a whole is held together by a steady belief in the power of theatre as a tool for transformative social change.
SPECIAL EVENT: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Last Season's hit is BACK, for ONE WEEKEND ONLY!
Twelve legs and a cactus living next door to each other in a crevice of the coastline (or perhaps: the Grand Canyon) eat, sleep, and work at regular intervals (or at least: they try). Two neighbors who barely know each other shift their gaze back and forth from the opening of a cozy desert cave to the unknown wilds of the unpredictable seas (or perhaps: it’s just a sheer drop into the nothingness). They are trying to be decisive. They are trying to figure it out. They ask each other: what does any of it mean?
8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8, 2016
717 Lipan St., Denver, Colo
square product theatre, in collaboration with the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, presents 44 Plays for 44 Presidents by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg, directed by Emily K. Harrison
Our 2012 hit is BACK, this time with an all-student cast!
The Neofuturists' 44 Plays for 44 Presidents tells the story of the United States through a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American President. Time travel through the dramatic ups and downs of US history, from its idealistic beginnings under the leadership of George Washington, to the grim onset of the Civil War, to the polarized politics of the 21st Century. This entertaining yet thought-provoking production explores the human fallibility of each of our 44 leaders and investigates the populace's role in shaping history.
7:30 p.m., September 23-24 and September 28-October 1; 2 p.m., September 25 & October 2
The University Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder | directions and parking
Sunday, September 25th:
square product theatre will host a talkback immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, September 25th. The discussion, co-hosted by the Boulder branch of SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice), will focus specifically on where we see historical racism reflected in the play and how our Nation's racist roots affect today's political process. By understanding and acknowledging the impact of our collective history, we can take steps towards dismantling systems of inequality and oppression - together. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Monday, September 26th:
We're hosting a Presidential Debate Watch Party for the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Election! Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26th at the Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill on the corner of Pearl & 14th in downtown Boulder for food, drink, and possibility of heated discussion!
44 plays for 44 presidents "Reading LisT"
This season, we're creating a "Reading List" for each play we're producing. These lists will provide our audience with suggested materials that are thematically tied to each particular play we've chosen to produce this season, and will include materials in a variety of mediums, such as books, films, albums, articles, and podcasts. Our list for 44 Plays for 44 Presidents was created in collaboration with our friends at the Boulder Branch of SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice).