Pre-Storm & Post-Storm Updates: OUR CLASS To Perform Tuesday Night (with updates on ANDY and THE HAMPTON YEARS)

In the post-tropical cyclone swirl of events, we’ve come to see that we in DC have been spared the worst of what’s been a historic Climate-Change-Harbinger-Warning with devastation to the North and East of us, and blizzards to the immediate West, and a sunken Tall Ship due South. We’ve got friends who are suffering with outages, and downed trees, but again, we’re okay, and power’s held for the luckiest of us — and most of us are.

The show will go on for us tonight, with OUR CLASS performing its previously announced “additional performance” at 7:30. Special Hurricane Discounts ($20) available at the box office (just mention code “Sandy).

Monday night saw the postponement of ANDY AND THE SHADOWS, our final workshop reading of the wild month of October. We’ve rescheduled it for this coming Monday. Our group of UM/UC/ND students are rebooking to come that Monday at 7:30, but the reading moves to the library, so seating is more limited.

Make sure to reserve your place here.

Friday saw a Tea @ 2 workshop reading of Jacqueline Lawton’s THE HAMPTON YEARS, what will be our season finale, and what turned out to the show’s third successful public reading since its first back in January of this year when it helped inaugurate our Locally Grown: Community Supported Art festival. A good number of students from throughout the city were in attendance. We’d love to hear from them. One comment, below, gets us started!

Jessica Fuentes | October 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

…I had the opportunity to see a reading of this play that’s not due for production until late December (if I remember correctly [nope, May-June!]). It’s unfortunate that I won’t be here to see the end product. On the brighter side, witnessing the development of the play and the character was very exciting.

This was my first time at a reading of any play and so I did not know what to expect. Although the actors were simply reading their lines, you could already see the development of their character and the many possibilities to the scenes. I liked the fact that after the reading we got to do a talk back with the playwright, director, and dramaturge. The audience got the opportunity to give feedback both on the overall play and on each one of the characters.

To read more of the comment, go here. And to read more about the play’s exciting development process, check out the playwright’s latest posting from the blog on her homepage.

Stay dry, stay safe, stay productive!


One thought on “Pre-Storm & Post-Storm Updates: OUR CLASS To Perform Tuesday Night (with updates on ANDY and THE HAMPTON YEARS)

  1. Last Friday, I had the opportunity to experience the play reading of The Hampton Years by Jacqueline E. Lawton. The play explores the journey of a talented Jewish art professor, Viktor Lowenfeld, who decides to take a job offering at Hampton University during essential times of war. The play is centered on two African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis, whom are enrolled in Viktor’s class. It was very interesting to see the competitive, yet loving relationship between the two students develop throughout the play.

    At the end of the play the audience had the opportunity to engage in a discussion with the cast and the directors whom wanted to know one important question: “What resonated with you after viewing the reading?” To further answer this question, I must say that the relationship between John and Samella resonated with me the most. Even though both were amazing artists, John received more accolades due to the fact that he was a male. This ideal of genderism is still very prevalent today. As women, especially minority women, we constantly have to prove our worth; prove that we are just as intelligent, hardworking, and in this case just as artistic as our male counterparts. There was a scene in which Viktor nominated John’s artwork to be displayed at a notable art gallery. This was an important event that involved the press and even invited critics. Samella wasn’t even considered for the nomination, and to make matters worse there was no mention in the news article released shortly after the event that another artist even existed at the Hampton Institute! There was a scene in which Samella complained about Viktor’s favoritism to Elizabeth, another black woman at the institute, she was then told that she should be happy for John and not jealous of his success. To an extent, I disagree with Elizabeth’s response because I believe Samella just wanted a fair opportunity to shine, or even be acknowledged and respected more as an artist. Throughout the play, it was inspiring to see the relationship between Samella and Viktor grow. In efforts to not spoil the play any further for those who have not had the opportunity to see the reading, I will just say that the relationships among each character brought a great sense of hope.

    This play reading was a lively one, and the cast truly got into character. It is very unfortunate that I will not be able to attend the play when it goes in production. I know it will inspire many.

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