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The Kent County Arts Council presents:
MIGRATION: An Exploration in Art, Words and Music, Inspired by Jacob Lawrence

The Kent County Arts Council presents:
MIGRATION: An Exploration in Art, Words and Music, Inspired by Jacob Lawrence

In 2016 The Phillips Collection in Washington DC commissioned Playwright and Producing Artistic Director Jacqueline E. Lawton, Assistant Professor of Theater, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to create an evening of short plays based on the Great Migration series painted by famed African American painter, Jacob Lawrence. These plays will be presented together as Act one of a Two-Act evening that also includes Kent County’s own RED DEVIL MOON, Thursday – Sunday, November 1 – 4, 2018 at the Garfield Center for the Arts. Tickets are just $10 each, and free for all 18 years old or younger.

In 1941, the 26 year old Jacob Lawrence completed the 60 panels that make up The Migration Series. This fall, the Kent County Arts Council offers a unique glimpse into these works and the Great Migration with a multifaceted, multimedia presentation with arts, words and music.

ART

We will host 40 Kent County High School Art students on a trip to The Philips Collection in Washington DC for a tour of the museum, an intensive on Lawrence’s work, and to inspire the students’ own work on the subject, which will hang in the Chestertown RiverArts Gallery from October 31 through November 11 as part of the project. All five KCPS visual arts teachers will participate in this trip.

RiverArts will be open regular hours, plus one hour before curtain at the Garfield an all four performance days.

WORDS

On November 1-4, 2018 we will present a two-act evening of theater at the Garfield Center for the Arts. For Act 1, five excellent playwrights have created five powerful short plays which originally premiered at The Phillips Collection in the fall of 2016. It is our pleasure to showcase these works, and to welcome all five playwrights for a Sunday, November 4, 2018 talk-back and reception following the 3 p.m. performance. Thursday – Saturday, Nov 1-3, at 7 pm and Sunday, Nov 4, at 3 pm. The five plays are:

IN CONSTANT PURSUIT by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

 

 

 

#51 by Laura Shamas

 

 

 

 

A LEGACY OF CHAINS by Annalisa Dias

 

 

 

 

A LONG ARDUOUS JOURNEY by Jacqueline E. Lawton

 

 

 

 

 

BAGHDAD CARPET by Norman Allen

 

 

The plays will be produced by Guest Artistic Director Jacqueline E. Lawton, and will be directed by Michele Volansky, Chair, Department of Theater and Dance, Washington College.

MUSIC

Act Two will be a revival of Kent County’s own RED DEVIL MOON written by Robert Earl Price and Pam Ortiz and featuring Sombarkin and The Pam Ortiz Band. RED DEVIL MOON is a Migration story, based on Harlem Renaissance writer, Jean Toomer’s novel CANE.

Finally, as part of this project, we will present just RED DEVIL MOON on Thursday, October 25 at 11 a.m. with The Garfield Center for the Arts as part of their ongoing educational outreach series. The theater will be reserved for students from schools across our region that day.

Watch a preview of this great new musical and visit www.reddevilmoon.com for more information about the show.

 

For more info or tickets call 410-778-3700.

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KCAC Artist in Residence Jason Patterson

An Artist’s Introduction
A survey of artwork on the African American condition, past & present by Jason Patterson.

A new position for a Washington College professor leads to a Residency for a great artist – KCAC’s Artist in Residence, Jason Patterson.

Patterson is a history-based artist that hails from central Illinois. Patterson has relocated his studio to Chestertown, MD to research and make work on the rich African American history of Kent County. His work is focused on highlighting how our past influences our current American political and social conditions.

Please join us Friday, August 31 from 5 – 8 p.m to welcome the artist at the Vince & Leslie Prince Raimond Arts Building, 101 Spring Ave. Chestertown, MD

Gallery Hours Sept 4-7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday September 1 and 8 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday (Labor Day)
Also open First Friday – Sept 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Must Close September 9, 2018

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Migration: An Exploration in Art, Words and Music, inspired by Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series, Panel no. 1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans., between 1940 and 1941, Casein tempera on hardboard 12 x 18 in.; 30.48 x 45.72 cm. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. Acquired 1942. © 2018 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

The Kent County Arts Council (KCAC) will hold auditions for their presentation of staged readings of a series of five new plays commissioned by and written for The Philips Collection in Washington DC to commemorate an anniversary of “The Migration Series” in 2015. The KCAC will produce the plays with Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Lawton, Theater Department, UNC Chapel Hill, and the plays will be directed by Michele Volansky, Chair, Department of Theater and Dance, Washington College.

The evenings (November 1-4) will feature these five plays as act one, and Robert Earl Price & Pam Ortiz’s RED DEVIL MOON as act two. The evenings will begin at Chestertown RiverArts with an exhibition of student art work based on The Migration Series.

Below is a list of the five short plays, and the character descriptions for each.
Actors will read from pre-selected scenes, scripts will be provided
Actors are invited to audition for multiple roles. All roles are non-equity and are paid.

BAGDAD CARPET by Norman Allen
A Young Man – 16 or 17, African American
A Conductor – Male, 50s, African American

IN CONSTANT PURSUIT by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
MOTHER, African American, regal, ageless
FATHER*, African American, earnest, ageless
SON, African American, as earnest as FATHER, perhaps more so.
BROTHER*, African American, innocent
*The roles of FATHER and BROTHER could potentially be played by the same actor.

A LEGACY OF CHAINS by Annalisa Dias
MAY, a young adult woman, in her 20s or 30s as of 2016. Woman of color
COP, a police officer. White Male
TEACHER, person of color, Male or Female, 30’s

A LONG ARDUOUS JOURNEY by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Sabeen, Middle Eastern early 20s
Malcolm, African American early 30s

#51 by Laura Shamas
KAMIL …………………………………………………..A woman (40’s – 50’s)
BURHAN……………………………………………………A man (40’s – 50’s)
ELIZABETH, their daughter …………………………….A teenaged girl (17)

Questions about auditions? Email john@kentcountyartscouncil.org or
mvolansky2@washcoll.edu Or Call the KCAC at 410-778-3700

PLEASE RSVP to Auditionjohn@kentcountyartscouncil.org or 410-778-3700

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