It has been a terrific start for our Under the Radar Festival Project campaign. Through the generous support of initial donors, as well as the foundational seed money provided through the Student-Industry Engagement Grant (sponsored by CLA and the Theatre and Dance Department), we’ve raised 66% of our goal!
As a result, the students’ experience in New York is beginning to take shape; the group is booked to see some exciting & diverse productions that were recently announced as part of the Under the Radar Festival. Here is the list so far:
HEAR WORD! NAIJA WOMAN TALK TRUE is inspired by multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Staged by director and writer Ifeoma Fafunwa, the show grapples with the issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria, and the factors that limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution in society. Combining song and dance with intimate portraits of resilience and resistance, the show celebrates women who have broken the culture of silence, challenged the status quo, and moved beyond barriers to achieve solutions. Featuring a cast of leading Nigerian actresses (Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Ufuoma McDermott, Elvina Ibru, Omonor, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri, and Odenike) as well as percussionists Emeka Anokwuru and Blessing Idireri.
FRANKENSTEIN by Manual Cinema – Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence. Internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of FRANKENSTEIN with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.
MINOR CHARACTER by New Saloon – New Saloon’s irreverent mashup of English-language translations of Uncle Vanya – from the dusty 1916 edition to Google Translate’s profoundly whack results – is a kaleidoscopic amplification of Chekhov's depressing comedy. Each character is interpreted by multiple actors and through multiple translations, in an athletic attempt to say one true thing. “I’ve been made a complete fool,” Vanya says, “foolishly betrayed,” Vanya agrees, “stupidly cheated,” Vanya clarifies.
With 28 days left in the campaign, there is still time to spread the word and raise awareness about this exciting opportunity for Cal Poly Theatre Students. We can’t wait to provide more updates about the additional new and worthwhile experiences that these students will be doing while in New York. Stay tuned for more.