ART THAT AWAKENS
Lively conversations with Caribbean Diaspora & Caribbean artists.
In June 2020, in the midst of the #BLM uprising, three BIPOC theatres - Conch Shell Productions, Kumu Kahua Theatre & Braata Productions - collaborated via Zoom to co-produce a series of performances reflecting the turbulence and violence of systemic racism in America that defined our lives as we all sheltered in place during the COVID19 pandemic. The collaborations led to five nights of powerful, thought-provoking new work productions, and revealing/enlightening dialogue between diverse theatre artists and audience members. To learn more about Reset Series 2020, click here.
This July 2021 we bring you RESET SERIES 2021. Once again NYC-based Conch Shell Productions and Hawaii-based Kumu Kahua Theatre are raising the bar on remote performing arts collaboration via Zoom. We are bridging a 6-hour time difference (EST/HST) and producing a selection new plays written by Caribbean Diaspora, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander playwrights. The selected plays explore the strength and courage of women.
Reset Series 2021 is partially funded by a grant from the 2021 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).
About our producing partner:
Kumu Kahua Theatre is a non-profit theater whose mission is to create, support and showcase original works of theater specifically related with Hawaii and the cultures represented in Hawaii - for audiences who live in Hawaii.
WRITTEN BY PHANESIA PHAREL; DIRECTED BY MARISSA JOYCE STAMPS
Performed by Magaly Colimon-Christopher & Sarah Marable
CSP and Kumu Kahua Theatre (KKT) leaders welcome playwrights and directors.
Santos Collado chats with the artists.
Santos Collado interviews the creative team
Santos Collado interviews the creative team.
Santos Collado interviews the creative team.
Santos Xavier Collado (CSP Stage Manager) has worked with The New School, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Theater for the New City, City College, and Braata Productions, including representing Braata Productions in 2020’s RESET series. Thank you to all that inspire me every day to get up and do this wonderful work we do.
Paloma Sierra (CSP dramaturg) is a Puerto Rican writer and translator. She has developed plays with Project Y, Theatre Now New York, Poetic Theater Productions, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She is an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.
MiJANNE (CSP score composer) An adept violinist, song writer and producer, MiJANNE has written and produced songs for some of Jamaica's leading artists. When she is not on tour, MiJANNE is a stage manager for several theatric productions and most recently directed AMERIKKA for RESET 2020.
Veronica Vera (Reset Series Digital Engineer) made her tech debut in Honolulu stage managing for The Tempest and Macbeth for Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. She is currently the Digital Engineer at Kumu Kahua Theatre.
Faith Cauthon (KKT Stage Manager) is a theatre artist currently based in Honolulu, Hawai'i. This is her second year with the honor of stage managing for Kumu Kahua in the RESET Series. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow through this process again.
PLAYWRIGHT: "THANK YOU"
Phanésia Pharel is a Haitian-American playwright who is currently focusing on the divine metaphysical dilemma of Black and Latinx girlhood. Generally, her plays span revolutions, islands, and Afro-Futurism.
Play info: A young woman enters a hospital, not to seek a patient but to thank someone who left her behind.
Kimiye Everard is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. A recent graduate from UC Berkley, she has a degree in English and is an aspiring novelist. She was previously a featured playwright in the 2020 Reset Theater Series with her first produced work, Thanks.
Play summary: A daughter away at college has a momentous and revealing monthly FaceTime call with her mother.
Seeded by a generous gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, with additional funding from the Seth Sprague Foundation and A.R.T./New York, the A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres was created in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on New York City-based small theatres.
Now, with the creation of the Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund, named to honor the Leon Levy Foundation’s vision and generosity, a 2021 round of accessible relief funding will be available to small theatres with annual budgets under $250k who are based in, or primarily produce in, New York City.
We are proud to announce that Conch Shell Productions is one of the recipients of the 2021 NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund! We were among the 46 recipients chosen in the fifth year of this Statewide Theatre Regrant Program which provides small theatres throughout NYS with funding to support our work.
Producing Artistic Director Magaly Colimon-Christopher is a recipient of the $5,000 City Artist Corps grant for NYC-based working artists disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program is presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and Queens Theatre.
Magaly is recognized for AFTERSHOCKS: A Tetralogy of Our Times. She is one of 500 New York City-based grant recipients this year.
City Artist Corps Grants were launched in June 2021 by NYFA and DCLA with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Queens Theatre. The program is funded by the $25 million New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA earlier this year. Please visit NYFA’s web site for more details.