KoFest 2021: Justice, Environmental Safety & Climate Change
KOFEST’S 2021 SEASON CENTERS
JUSTICE | ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY | CLIMATE CHANGE
With its live shows sold out, tickets for ONLINE, streamed performances are available for the KO FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE’s 30th season, which features three different productions centering the themes of Justice, Environmental Safety and Climate Change.
THE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE
Video-on-demand through August 8, 2021
An edited and enhanced reprise of Ko’s Juneteenth 2020 event about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Situated in the fictional “Museum of Conveniently Forgotten History,” DELETTA GILLESPIE’s play tells the story of one of the most prosperous Black communities in the United States, and how Tulsa came to be the site of the worst incidence of civil unrest second only to the Civil War. The post-show discussion panel includes DARYL DAVIS, noted for his work convincing Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.
Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31, 2021 at 8pm; Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 4pm
Ko is teaming up with SERIOUS PLAY THEATRE ENSEMBLE for the live (sold out) and the digital (tickets available) premieres of this devised, multi-media physical theater piece centering on climate change, the global water crisis, and our human relationship to water. Written by Eric Henry Sanders, directed by Sheryl Stoodley, with music by Jonny Rodgers, designed by Robin Doty and Sabrina Hamilton, and featuring performers Ximena Salmerón, Will Swyers and Kermit Dunkelberg, the piece is the product of a two-year ensemble devising and development process. Northampton Open Media will be taping the live performances, which will be edited and captioned.
HAWAII FIVE-G: Canary in the Goldmine
Friday & Saturday, August 6 & 7, 2021 at 8pm; Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 4pm
KoFest 2021 concludes with the premiere of this production made specifically for online viewing by and with Jonathan Mirin of PITI THEATRE COMPANY. With a partner sickened by electro-hypersensitivity (a.k.a. “microwave sickness”), Mirin has become part of a landmark suit against the FCC, but instead of an earnest public health lecture, Mirin has raided his son’s Lego stash to make us an eco-justice mockumentary that he says is “just like theatre…but flatter.”
EXTRAS Trenda Loftin will moderate real-time post-show discussions with creative teams and guest experts after both MOVING WATER and HAWAII FIVE-G. Virtual “lobby” displays will enrich the audience’s experience by providing reading lists, images, links, articles and action steps. Closed captioning is available for all productions, and tickets are offered at multiple (you choose) price levels.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TICKETS VISIT KOFEST.COM.
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Submitted by Sabrina Hamilton
Ko Festival of Performance Artistic Director