International Human Rights Art Festival comes to the Culture Project

October 15, 2017
440 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002,
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The Culture Project, New York's premier activist theatre, has asked the International Human Rights Art Festival to help inaugurate their new space, a 500-seat house in New York's Lower East Side.  We will be producing an evening of performances, acts, talks and music that fuses our belief sincerity, passion and beauty with the Culture Project's long history of using theatre to influence social and political energy.

The evening will be highlighted the appearance of our newest Honorary Co-Sponsor, actor Kathleen Turner.  KKathleen Turner iwill perform a monologue about citizenship from her one-person show "Red Hot Patriot," about Mollie Ivins, .  The show played at the Arena Stage (DC), Berkeley Rep (CA), Philadelphia Theatre Company (PA). 

Kathleen Turner is an actress who's movies include Romancing the Stone and Prizzi's Honor, each of which earned her a Golden Globe Award; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations; and Body Heat and War of the Roses, both of which earned her further Golden Globe nominations.  She also starred on Broadway and has been nominated for the Tony Award twice for her Broadway roles as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Other acts include:

Thank You for Coming Out: Based on the details of a vulnerable and heartfelt coming-out story, improvisers make up a hilariously insightful and creative show on the spot. First you will hear T.J. Mannix's coming out story, then see it brought to life by improvisers Alex Song (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Michael Hartney (School of Rock), Kelsey Bailey (UCB), Kelley Quinn (UCB), and Nikita Burdein (Magnet). We're not just a show, we're a community.

Maybe Burke will perform a selection from from their Accidental Trans Anthems: A cabaret of songs you didn't know were meant for trans people! Maybe is a director, choreographer, writer, performer, and trans advocate interested in telling the stories that have not been told.

Tom Tsai: In his solo "Filling Nothing", Tom reflects on an experience with prison inmates and dancing, in relation to his understanding of Breakin' culture and Hip Hop history. Tom is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and based out of Los Angeles. His works are derived from investigations of creative movement, multidimensional identity, and empathetic performance.

Angela Polite will perform excerpts from MARY SPEAKS (a passion play). The life of biblical figure Mary, the mother of Jesus, is used to explore parallels in the history of black mothers and the loss of their sons from slavery to present day. Through this journey, Mary lives with the weight of being the mother of a black man-child and the gut-wrenching realization that she could lose him. A proud native of Charleston, SC, Angela is an actress, playwright and arts educator.

Alika Hope Until ALL Are Free, None Will Be: A message on freedom and hope sung through African-American spirituals and 20th century social justice songs.  Alika Hope, a Gold Global Music Award winner, is founder of The Ray of Hope Project, an organization dedicated to using historical music as a pathway for encouraging dialogue and creating solutions to today's social justice issues.

Jacqueline Dugal will share a solo, Redux. The movement creation of Redux stems from the music composition, inspired by John Cage’s Radio Music and adapted for present day the music is a combination of fixed media and chance operations. The movement echoes compositional elements of deconstruction, segmentation, and elements of chance with structured improvisation. Radio and podcast excerpts echo themes of gender, systems, politics, culture, and belonging.

Climate Change Theatre Action: Associate Producer Julia Levine directs Appreciation, a monologue by Katie Pearl from this year’s collection of international short plays on climate, as part of Climate Change Theatre Action, which runs from October 1 to November 18, to amplify the United Nations COP meetings. The monologue will be performed by Peyton Lustig.