|We were finishing up our workshop this morning. This is where we bring the news media to meet experts, community groups, activists, government officials and a heap of others who deal with youth violence here in one way or another.
We had more voices on hand this time than before to tell what they do and the interest from the news media was as high ever.
Finishing up, someone said they were struck by how many folks are involved in doing something linked to dealing with violence in Chicago.
And I said yes. There are many more than most would imagine. Many more than you hear about. And many do incredible and imaginative work. So if you want to hear about them, ask and I’ll help you out.
Take this group which I just heard about.
If you know of others, or if you have reported on groups or individuals whose work needs to be spoken about, tell me. We’ll pass the word.
CHICAGO, January 23, 2012 – Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology is a timely new theatrical reaction to Chicago’s history of violent crime and a call to discover what it might take to create lasting change in our city. The show, a Collaboraction world premiere conceived and directed by Anthony Moseley, couples nonfiction source material such as interviews, articles, and online comments with three true Chicago crimes to raise critical questions surrounding segregation, poverty, the news media, popular culture, and our numbness to it all.
Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology features immersive staging, audience participation and stylized dramatizations of three real Chicago crimes:
Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, will run Feb. 14- March 10, 2013 at Collaboraction on the 3rd floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park. Press Opening is Monday, February 18 at 7pm. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 7 pm. No show Thursday, Feb. 21. There is an added Industry Night Monday, March 4 at 7 pm. Tickets are $25; $15 for students, educators and industry. Purchase tickets online at collaboraction.org or call 312.226.9633.
Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology will run approximately 75 minutes, followed each night by a facilitated discussion. The show is recommended for ages 15 and up due to violence and mature content.
Behind the Scenes of Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology
According to director, co-deviser and Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, “the inspiration for Crime Scene came from a need to create work connected to important issues in our community. I strive to create a visceral experience that will awaken and spur personal change. I believe theatre can serve a critical role in addressing the issue of violence by offering Chicagoans a transcendent artistic experience that forces us to confront and question the core elements of the senseless violence.”
Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology is co-devised by an ensemble of community activists and Chicago theater professionals from diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. Co-devisers include Victoria Blade, Sara Caranza, Miranda Gonzalez, Michael Johnson, Eddie Jordan, James Lynch (criminal prosecutor), Kelly Parker, Medina Perrine, Adam Seidel, Lisandra Tena, and Eric Walker (lead teaching artist at Precious Blood Ministries).
Ensemble members performing in the production include Scott Baity Jr., Victoria Blade, Luis Crespo, Miranda Gonzalez, Michael Johnson, Eddie Jordan, Kelly Parker, Medina Perrine and Lisandra Tena.
Designers include John Wilson (set), Jeremy Getz (lights), Livui Pasare (video), Elsa Hiltner (costumes) and Angela Campos (props). Samantha Chavis is dramaturg. Sara Caranza is stage manager. Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology is produced by Sarah Moeller. Production management is by Annie Rudnik.
Community partners include the Back of the Yards location of Precious Blood Ministry,a network of ministries inspired by a spirituality of the Precious Blood, which recognizes and reaches out to those who are affected by violence; youth programming at McCormick Tribune YMCA in west Logan Square; and Embarc, a non-profit organization formed to enhance education, increase cultural access, and affect positive community change in the lives of young people from Chicago’s most underserved areas.
Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology – Takin’ it to the Streets
Following its debut at Collaboraction, all partners will engage in extensive outreach to bring Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology to diverse audiences and neighborhoods in Chicago.
Week-longneighborhood residencies culminating in a live performance will be held in the spring and summer of 2013 in city parks and community centers across Chicago. Local residents will be interviewed to incorporate and create a neighborhood-centric focus. A limited number of tickets will be reserved for victims of violent crime. In addition, Collaboraction will construct an outdoor theatre at each location – an outdoor performance platform that will remain as a community asset and lasting imprint long after the show is over.
Collaboraction is a Chicago-based arts organization of collaborative theater and experience makers focused on becoming a national leader of contemporary theater. By incorporating innovative artists and interdisciplinary collaboration, Collaboraction audiences are sure to experience groundbreaking theatrical and arts-based events.
Anthony Moseley serves as the Founding Executive and Artistic Director of Collaboraction, where he has produced over 50 productions, 12 SKETCHBOOK Festivals and over 250 events since the company’s founding in 1999. In 2000 Moseley co-founded the annual SKETCHBOOK Festival, which was lauded by Kerry Reid of the Chicago Reader as “the premiere short play festival in the Midwest.” Under Moseley’s direction, SKETCHBOOK has produced 158 world premiere short plays in a mixed media environment with music and visual art and this year the 12th annual SKETCHBOOK Reincarnate (sketchbook12.org) expanded to include 5 programs of works between 7 and 60 minutes. Moseley’s Collaboraction directing credits include the world premieres of El Grito Del Bronx (a co-production with Teatro Vista in association with the Goodman Theatre), The Pull Toy (and His Pasian), and Heroes and Villains; Chicago premieres of dark play or stories for boys by Carlos Murrillo, Be a Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter, Refuge (2000 Jeff Citation nomination for Best Direction), The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union, Trueblinka and Guinea Pig Solo; as well as Mud, To Kill a Mockingbird, and numerous world premiere short plays for the SKETCHBOOK Festival.
For more information, visit collaboraction.org.