“[Erik Ehn is] a theatrical visionary” -Celia Wren, American Theatre Magazine

Directed by John Moletress, co-created with force/collision

Workshop:  Burning Coal Theatre, July 5-8, 2012 (Raleigh, NC)

Washington, DC:  Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre, Sept 20-Oct 6, 2012   Click here for tickets

New York City:  La Mama ETC, November 10-18, 2012

Full casting and creative team is set for force/collision’s world premiere of Shape by Erik Ehn. Creative team includes playwright Erik Ehn (The Saint Plays, Maria Kizito), director John Moletress (2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre as co-founder of Factory 449), set designer Collin Ranney (2012 Helen Hayes Award nominee), lighting designer Ariel Benjamin and sound designer Derek Knoderer. The cast includes force/collision ensemble members  Dane Figueroa Edidi, Frank Britton, Ilana Faye Silverstein, Karin Rosnizeck and Joshua Sticklin.

About Shape

“Shape” Workshop at Burning Coal Theatre

Imagistic and defyingly theatrical, Shape begins in 1900 Ambrose Park, Brooklyn at the end days of “Black America”. “Black America” was a historically documented, vast spectacle of vaudeville dances, variety acts, folklore and songs with a cast of 500 African-Americans. Based loosely on the biographies of African-American vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia McClain, Shape concerns the life and labors of vaudevillian fairies exploited for their historical songs and dances, used by the dominant culture and abandoned at times of great need.

Shape is the final play in a series of 17 exploring themes of genocide and reconciliation.  Beginning in Rwanda with the Tutsi genocide, moving through Central America and then to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Soulographie- as the series is known is the culmination of the past two decades of Ehn’s work on the subject.  The performance at La MaMa ETC will be in repertory with all 17 plays.

Shape Promo Video from force/collision on Vimeo.

Creative/Production Team

John Moletress……………………………Director

Collin Ranney……………………………..Set/Costume Design

Ariel Benjamin…………………………….Lighting Design

Derek Knoderer………………………….Sound Design

Ilana Silverstein…………………………..Choreography

Brian Sekinger……………………………Production Stage Manager

Cast

Dane Figueroa Edidi……………………Cordelia McClain

Frank Britton………………………………Billy McClain

Dexter Hamlett……………………………Survivor

Joshua Sticklin……………………………Journalist

Karin Rosnizeck………………………….French Journalist

Manu H. Kumasi…………………………Butler

S. Lewis Feemster………………………Maid

Courtney Ferguson……………………..Ensemble

Julia Smith…………………………………Ensemble

Alex Witherow……………………………Ensemble

Performances

9/19 – 7:30 – Preview; 9/20 – 8:00pm – Opening Night; 10/1 – 8:00pm – Industry Night

9/21-9/22, 9/27-9/29, 10/4-10/6 – 8:00pm;  9/23, 9/30 – 3:00pm

TALKBACKS:  9/22 – Playwright Erik Ehn, African-American scholar Daphne Brooks, American Theatre Magazine contributor/activist Randy Gener

9/28 – Director Jennifer Nelson with cast and creative team