Many tradtional theater institutions begged the question, "Where can we find the diverse stories of more women, women of color?"
The answer is simple...they are EVERYWHERE! But the solution to finding them is more complex; to find them, you have to get up off your behind to hear them. They don’t come to you, you have to go to the places they are born to hear them and experience them.
In a time and society that too often objectifies and marginalizes the way in which Black women and girls see themselves, theatre has an opportunity to become a refreshing reaffirming experience for not just the girls on stage but the women and girls in the audience.
Both artists, audience and institutions alike were asking the question of representation and FRESHH Inc Theatre Company, has found the answer. We are committed to presenting work by and about the lives of Black women. Additionally we are working diligently to help cultivate communities of the talents Black women in theatre, from technical theatre to dance. From masterclasses, to a writing circle to full evening length productions, FRESHH is excited to put the voices of Black women at the forefront of our work.
"Write if you will: but write about the world as it is and as you think it ought to be and must be—if there is to be a world."
Feminine Folklore has been bringing audiences together to laugh, testify and cry over the stories of women. Feminine Folklore is a quilted tapestry of the stories of women on their sojourn into and through their lives. Each story, is an unique experience for the storyteller, and universal in life.
New Works Series:
I AM A DRUM : A ROOTS REGGAE PERFORMANCE ALTAR
written by Sybil Roberts
I AM A DRUM is a performance ritual that uses live chanting and drumming to tell the story of Naphtali, a young Rasta woman in her late twenties/early thirties who finds herself in county lock-up after a disturbance at a community celebration. I AM A DRUM will build an altar of praise-song, movement, music to celebrate our resistance to Babylon. The work of the piece begins with a woman in prison praying and meditating, and ends with an ensemble of women drummers singing around an altar that will hold the names, faces, symbols, and all manner of African juju/griot/medicine to remember our sheroes.
Sister Cipher writing group
This writing group for Black women in creative writing and performance is developed to offer resources, support, and opportunity for emerging Black female dramatic writers.