New Baltimore theater organization Two Strikes Theatre Collective announces their 2021 time with virtual devised performs, staged readings of initial plays, a podcast, and the 2nd yearly Brown Sugar Bake-off play pageant.
“We created a year that focuses on unique artwork designed by Black ladies on topics immediately impacting us,” says Aladrian C. Wetzel, Executive Director of Two Strikes Theatre Collective. “It is vital that art concentrating on Black women of all ages carries on via these complicated and unparalleled situations.”
The 2021 season features the following digital productions:
COVID Monologues (Launch date: February 26, 2021): Covid Monologues translates general public health and fitness investigation on wellbeing, behavior, and societal aspects of COVID-19 into monologues. Covid Monologues aims to use exploration-centered theatre to creatively disseminate and humanize emerging peer-reviewed study to audiences outdoors of the scientific neighborhood, together with lay audiences and policymakers on topics ranging from racial and ethnic well being disparities, social media and drugs, and health care staff. Funded by the U.S. Office of State’s Citizen Diplomacy Motion Fund, general public wellness researchers Saraniya Tharmarajah and Emily Hurley made this COVID-19 investigate-primarily based theater venture in partnership with Solitary Carrot Theatre and Baltimore-primarily based theater artists to involve Two Strikes Theatre Collective. Two Strikes Theatre Collective created the perform Black Agony by Christin Eve Cato primarily based on research bordering Racial disparities and COVID-19. The monologues had been screened on Feb 26th and are cost-free and open for public viewing at www.covidmonologues.com
This Crown is Mine (May 22, 2021): The flexibility of Black hair is interesting. The production will aspect a collection of authentic effectiveness art about hair sorts, acceptance, and the notion of curl patterns by others. How have Black gals uncovered to love and appreciate our hair?
Playwrights Collective Showcase: A Juneteenth Celebration (June 19, 2021): In February 2021, Two Strikes Theatre Collective designed the “Playwrights Collective”, a imaginative forum for developing and carrying out new functions, as a secure house to nurture and help Black women of all ages writers. In collaboration with Baltimore’s Fells Stage Corner Theatre, TSTC’s Playwrights Collective will showcase the formulated performs in a sequence of digital staged readings and filmed inventive material to rejoice Black females on Juneteenth.
I am Talking (July-August 2021): In the time of COVID-19 and reliance on the connectedness of social media, there have been a great number of causes for Black ladies to get collectively and discuss the multitude of intersecting issues impacting our every day lives. This weekly podcast collection will element conversations amongst Black ladies about arts, race, and how their views have been formed by COVID-19.
Brown Sugar Bake-Off: Entire body Crazy, Curvy, Wavy (October 2021): Regrettably, misogynoir, colorism, objectification, and body-shaming are a aspect of the Black woman’s knowledge. How can we discover to enjoy and take pleasure in our individual pores and skin and characteristics although also loving or appreciating others’? Our second annual virtual perform competition will once all over again acknowledge perform submissions from about the state, this time with a emphasis on substances asking playwrights to contemplate what it usually means to choose ownership just after an simple heritage of policing Black and Brown bodies.
“Our mission will generally be to unapologetically centre Black gals. In the age of holding White American Theatre accountable in an arena that is traditionally hostile in direction of and outright prejudiced in opposition to Black creatives, we are no for a longer period asking authorization,” suggests Christen Cromwell, Director of Perform growth. “We will carry on to showcase first function by local and nationwide Black girls artists this season, as effectively as deliver a safe area for them to develop their artistry.”
More data on manufacturing dates and ticketing can be found at www.twostrikescollective.com.