Performers (from left to right) Josh Marcus and Taja Cheek. Projection design by David Bengali. Photo: Maridee Slater.

Performers (from left to right) Josh Marcus and Taja Cheek. Projection design by David Bengali. Photo: Maridee Slater.

A Lesson in cultural Fluidity

Created in collaboration with Taja Cheek, Josh Marcus, Molly Mingey, Myself (DK Wright) and Xandra Clark. We set out to share oral history, music, dance, poetry, and film intertwined in a live theatrical narrative. A moving investigation of a rapidly changing Brooklyn neighborhood. 

Anthology: Crown Heights is a collection of true stories assembled and performed by an ensemble of Crown Heights-based artists, featuring the diverse voices of Crown Heights residents old and new. Twenty-five years since the 1991 racial violence in Crown Heights, 2016 also marks a time of rapidly shifting local demographics. Anthology remembers the neighborhood's past, examines its contentious present, and navigates what is to come. 

This production premiered on April 30th and May 1st, 2016 at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn. Weeksville is one of America's first free black communities, so it was only right to debut Anthology: Crown Heights on it's hallowed ground.

Funders:

Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Community Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts
Stanford Young Alumni Arts Grant
Weeksville Heritage Center

Produced in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and DIVAS for Social Justice, with rehearsal space generously donated by the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

 

 

Anthology: Crown Heights

Organization: Weeksville Heritage Center

Campaign: Crown Heights Celebration 

Role: Writer, Performer

Goal: Create a live show to give an oral history of this small Brooklyn community 25 years after a tragic riot. Using music, dance, poetry, and film intertwined into theatrical narrative.

Press:

Brokelyn Top 20 Things to do in Brooklyn: http://bit.ly/1VYPmIZ.

Urban Omnibus - "In Anthology: Crown Heights, Staging the Weight of History": http://bit.ly/24l5WC7.

DNAInfo article and interview with Xandra Clark: http://dnain.fo/23WY7rc.

Brokelyn Top 20 Things to do in Brooklyn: http://bit.ly/1VYPmIZ.

Production Photos:

See full album here.