The Alliance Theatre Education Program has assembled a diverse group of teenagers from throughout the metro Atlanta area to explore a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright. The source texts for this Collision Project, which will inspire a new performance piece developed by the students, are the Gettysburg Address and the Emancipation Proclamation. Under the guidance of New York Times Best-Selling Author and celebrated Playwright Pearl Cleage, students will explore themes of freedom and examine instances of slavery in modern times.
“We wanted to expand our discussion of emancipation to include not just our experience of slavery in this country, but the experiences of families who have immigrated to the United States from other parts of the world,” said Alliance Playwright in Residence, Pearl Cleage, who is looking forward to her third Collision experience. “We want our participants to connect their own family histories to the world wide struggle between those who think it is acceptable to buy and sell other human beings and those who know it isn’t. We want these students to actively explore the nature and the cost of freedom.”
This year’s Collision Project is presented as part of the National Civil War Project, a radical multi-city, multi-year collaboration between four universities and five performing arts organizations to commemorate the150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Through the NCWP, Collision participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with students at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and to discuss the effects of the Civil War from Northern and Southern perspectives. Each group of students will create their own unique performance piece.
Christopher Moses, Alliance Director of Education, also announced that this summer’s Collision Project will work with internationally renowned choreographer Lauri Stallings and her collaborative performance platform glo. Each summer, glo produces Liquid Culture, a performance series that includes six installations in four locations over fourteen days throughout Atlanta, culminating with a performance on the grounds of the Woodruff Arts Center. Collision Project students will perform during the final performance of the Liquid Culture series, which will also be developed around themes of freedom.
Through improvisational exercises, oral history, choreography, and each student’s own talents and writing skills, the participants will create a new theatrical piece inspired by the classic Civil War documents, but perceived and shared through their own unique and contemporary experience. They will present two free public performances of their original play developed during the three week intensive, plus two performances developed in collaboration with glo.
The Alliance hosts open interviews each year, calling for students “who have something to say and the desire to say it.” The ensemble of the Collision Project is made up of actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors, and techies. Any high school student, regardless of experience, is invited to interview to become a part of this project.
Alliance Theatre Collision Project Public Performances
- WHEN: July 12 & 13, 2013
- Friday, July 12, 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, July 13, 2:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
- RSVP for free tickets: Collision.Project@woodruffcenter.org or 404.733.4749
glo’s Liquid Culture w/ special guests, the Alliance Theatre Collision Project
- WHEN: July 19 & 20, 2013
- Friday, July 19, 8:45 p.m.
- Saturday, July 20, 8:45 p.m.
- WHERE: Woodruff Arts Center Campus, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
- Tickets are free. RSVP is not necessary.
Students chosen to participate in this year’s collision project are:
- Ke’ilah Bailey – Decatur High School
- Serena Gleklen – Marist School
- Amanda Goncalves – Kennesaw Mountain High School
- Atiaunda Grant – Grayson High School
- Brianna Green – North Atlanta High School
- Wala Hassan – Berkmar High School
- Azhane Kennedy – Berkmar High School
- Justin Kennedy – Berkmar High School
- Maura Kiefer – Norcross High School
- Jordan Lavelle – Kell High School
- Brianna Martin – Benjamin E. Mays High School
- Victor McMahon – Langston Hughes High School
- Callen Phillips – Ben Franklin Academy
- Pedro Rios – North Cobb High School
- Jaelen Tyner – Mill Creek High School
- Malachiae Warren – North Atlanta High School
This project is free to all participants through generous support from Turner and Georgia Pacific.