FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kangagirl Productions in partnership with Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press present
AFTER ORLANDO: A Global Theatre Action
A theatrical response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Monday, October 17th @7:30pm at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
ORLANDO (September 12) —Kangagirl Productions (Margaret Nolan, artistic director) in partnership with Missing Bolts Productions (Blair Baker & Zac Kline, artistic directors) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press (Caridad Svich, founder) will present a special staged reading of original short plays written in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub.
The performance will be presented on:
Monday October 17, at 7:30pm
Mandell Theater at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
Tickets are $25
Purchased at here or cash-only at the door
Net proceeds will go to benefit the PulseofOrlando.org fund
AFTER ORLANDO is a global, curated theatre action created by Zac Kline and Blair Baker of Missing Bolts Productions and Caridad Svich/NoPassport Press that includes over 70 playwrights from the United States; Canada; the United Kingdom and Africa who have written short plays specifically in response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. Playwrights include award winning, notable and emerging voices in the theatre, including Israel Horovitz and Neil Labute, Anders Lustgarten, Caridad Svich, Lindsey Ferrentino, and more.
Throughout the fall of 2016, staged readings will be presented by over 50 venues, universities and theatres including: Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre & LGTB Center (NYC); Kangagirl Productions (Orlando), Philadelphia Theatre Company & University of the Arts (Philadelphia); USC (LA): Tufts University, Boston Court Theatre (LA); The Road Theatre (LA); EST-LA (LA); Theatre Uppity (St. Louis); The Inge Center (Independence, KS); Brandeis University (Boston); Tufts University; Benchmark Theatre (Denver); UT-Dallas, Carnegie Mellon, San Diego Rep, a special marathon reading at Finborough Theatre (London), with more U.S. and international theaters and Universities being added.
Kangagirl Productions will present a curated selection of the plays on October 17th that will include national and international playwriting voices: Neil LaBute, Caridad Svich, Erik Ehn, Ian Rowlands, Amina Henry, and special contributions from Orlando-based writers: David Lee, Aradhana Tiwari, Scottie Campbell, Viet-Dung Nguyen, Dennis Giacino, Leesa Halstead and Paul Castaneda, Darryl Pickett. David McElroy, and Tyler Darling.
Missing Bolts Productions’ Zac Kline and Blair Baker note: “It is deeply important to have the opportunity to present AFTER ORLANDO in Orlando in partnership with Kangagirl Productions. We stand with the Orlando community and its theatre artists as we all respond and heal from this tragedy. We are inspired by the ability for art to move beyond anger, beyond fear and find the greater good in our individual and collective voices. Together, we believe in the power of theatre to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis.” Svich of NoPassport adds: “Making some healing art, some fiery art, some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning.”
Zac Kline will be in attendance at the October 17th event to describe the creation of the AFTER ORLANDO international theatre action as well as other theatre actions that he and Blair Baker of Missing Bolts Productions and Obie award-winning playwright Caridad Svich have created with theatre artists in response to social issues and world events.
More readings of AFTER ORLANDO plays will also take place November 3–6 as part of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s ‘PlayFest: After Pulse’ in collaboration with the greater Orlando theater community, presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust, with readings of plays by Israel Horovitz, Lee Blessing, Karen Zacarías, Allison Gregory, and John Biguenet. Caridad Svich will speak about art activism and the AFTER ORLANDO theatre action on Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m.
Kangagirl Productions LLC was founded by Margaret Nolan to collaborate, develop, produce, and present new works, published works, performance art, cabarets, film, and multidisciplinary pastiches. Past work includes off-broadway workshopped production of Savages, by Anne Nelson, numerous award winning and critically acclaimed Orlando International and FringeNYC Fringe shows, and new play development. She is co-founder of Queer Quills, dedicated to readings of classic LGBT plays and has served on the board of directors for the Central Florida Theatre Alliance (now the Downtown Arts District), Theatre Downtown, and the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida. Kangagirl Productions emphasizes community engagement and dedicates performance fundraisers to benefit non-profit and social issue organizations including: Zebra Coalition, LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope & Help Center of Central Florida, Equality Florida, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Alzheimer’s Resource Center.
Missing Bolts Productions is an independent production group devoted to new works for theatre and film. They present big stories in little moments—plays and films that are heartbreakingly human; that reject artifice and show humanity and its smallest and fullest. Their work closely examines characters searching for the missing pieces in their lives and strives to show real people who are on the journey from lost to found, believing that the most fascinating aspects of life and art are the moments in-between the moments. Past work includes sold-out productions in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Figment Festival on Governors Island, and the award-winning short film Pauline. Co-artistic director Blair Baker understudies two principal roles in the Tony-Award winning play The Humans by Stephen Karam.
NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press was founded by OBIE-Winning playwright Caridad Svich in 2003. It is an unincorporated, artist-driven, grass-roots theatre alliance & press devoted to expressions of aesthetic & cultural difference through performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. NoPassport exists as a virtual and live forum for the exchange of work and dreams, a network between theatres and the academy, and a mobile band of playwrights, directors, actors, producers and musicians. The mentoring of younger artists is also a key component of NoPassport’s mission. Past events include conferences at The Gallatin School, NYU, Arizona State University-Tempe and international reading schemes for the plays The Way of the Water and Spark and Upon the Fragile Shore, each read at over fifty theatres and Universities, including The Lark Play Development Center and New Dramatists.
Pulse of Orlando is a local, grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit created to provide expeditious allocation of funds for the victims, survivors and families of the Pulse tragedy; to recover through local survivor navigation and advocacy; and to rebuild our united Orlando community. www.pulseoforlando.org
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NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas