A Sci-Fi Fantasy by Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theatre
I R E T O N I A
When the Neo-Eugenics party took over Earth and started exterminating people with disabilities, a group of women escaped to create an agricultural utopia on another planet. When Earth runs out of resources, they send a delegation to ask the women for help.
The cast of IRETONIA includes Patty Overland, Giovana Giscome, Ciara Lovelace, Afi-Tiombe Kambon, Marie Jenkins, and director Michaela Goldhaber.
IRETONIA runs for four performances August 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th @ 7:30pm.
Tickets are $20 gen., $15 for stu. /sen.
Wry Crips has been making theater with disabled women for over 30 years. Berkeley-based, the company continues to explore new works of poetry and theatre.
TheatreFIRST, always eager to explore new forms of theatrical activism, has invited Wry Crips – along with Fusion Theatre and Symmetry Theatre – as resident collaborators for the 17’ – ’18 season, under the T1 Presents banner. Each company has their own exploration of equitable representation and we believe, together, we can learn from and challenge each other.
THE 17 – 18 RESIDENCIES @ T1 PRESENTS
THE FUSION THEATRE PROJECT
Fusion is the theater company at Laney College in Oakland, created and directed by Michael Torres. Fusion Theater is the voice of our local community—telling East Bay stories through the stage and developing original new writers and allowing these brave new voices an audience.
Wry Crips has been making theater with disabled women for over 30 years. Berkeley-based, the company continues to explore new works of poetry and theatre, most recently producing IRETONIA, a sci-fi fantasy written by members Patty Overland, Ciara Lovelace, Afi-Tiombe Kambon, Bonnie Barthold, Michaela Goldhaber, and Jennifer Justice. This production will continue to develop as a collaboration with TheatreFIRST.
Of the many areas of equity to confront, Symmetry focuses on the creation of professionally produced theatre that will always have at least as many female characters as male, and in any given show there will always be at least as many Equity contracts given to women as to men. In addition they produce plays that acknowledge that women’s stories are as important as men’s and in so doing, will hope to bring about further awareness to the public and the theatre community at large of this aspect of the need for more “balance on the boards.”
T1 Presents will build solo residencies for empowered storytellers to develop their work in a progressive environment; always recalibrating to the needs of the artists:
STEPHANIE ANNE JOHNSON
Stephanie Anne Johnson is a second-generation theater practitioner. She has been a lighting designer working locally, nationally, and internationally for over forty years. Locally, she has worked with Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theatre, and many other groups. Johnson is also a visual artist who has had two one-person shows in San Francisco. She has also written and performed a one-person show entitled Every Twenty One Days: Cancer, Yoga, and Me. Dr. Johnson is a professor and founding faculty member of the Visual and Public Art Department at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. Johnson is a new member of the TheatreFirst Board of Directors. She is very happy to be working on this timely and important play. Her work can be seen online at www.lightessencedesign.com.
DAZIÉ GREGO SYKES
Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes is a poet, performance artist and activist. Dazié’s performance work and style was developed in the streets of Oakland and at New College’s Experimental Performance Institute where he received his BA in Experimental Performance. He has developed and produced several Solo Plays including 3, Where Is Adam and I Am A Man. Currently Dazié is studying to receive his MFA in Creative Inquiry at The California Institute of Integral Studies: “My work is created through improvisational movement, Spoken Word and an intuition that comes from the African oral tradition. My process is a form of resistance to the many forms of marginalization I have experienced as a black gay man. For me, art filters, magnifies and heals. Interacting with “Performance” as “Art” allows me to create and manipulate perception in order to suggest and indicate alternative belief systems that are sustainable and empowering. This is motivated by feelings and emotions stemming from fear but most specifically shame. I am not attracted to “creation” as a minority but as a human being. I write and perform work that rejects the idea that I should be ashamed for existing. I create imagery and narratives to replace the negative forms of rhetoric that continually shape the world I live in. The creation of art allows me to exist in a world that is different than the one I commonly experience as a result of Racism, Sexism and Homophobia.”