“Every 28 Hours” is a project produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick (OSF’s Associate Producer, Community) and The One-Minute Play Festival with Dominic D’Andrea (Producing Artistic Director,) in association with local St. Louis theater maker and producer Jacqueline Thompson (Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing, University of Missouri-St. Louis). Every 28 Hours is a national partnership focused on the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The Every 28 Hours Plays consist of 72 one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, with participation from artists across the nation.
The Ferguson Moment
In August of 2014, we created a project called The Ferguson Moment in collaboration with artists from The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, artists from across the U.S., and St. Louis. As news of Michael Brown’s death came forward, we connected with theatre artists in Ferguson and across the nation. We came together to spark and organize a national artistic response to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO and its relationship to all of our communities and United States history. The project took place over three days where we witnessed, served, and collaborated in artistic exchange. This open source project built the bridges for each of us to continue artistic exploration in our own organizations. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival decided to continue with a national multi-perspective approach, and reached out to short form theater maker Dominic D’Andrea and The One‐Minute Play Festival (1MPF) to continue.
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A National Collaboration
Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick, OSF's Community Producer, and Dominic D’Andrea, The One-Minute Play Festival, Producing AD, in association with local St. Louis and national theater makers we developed The Every 28 Hours Plays, titled for the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The Every 28 Hours Plays consists of 72 short plays and participation from artists across the nation inspired by the current Civil Rights movement.
During Phase One, theatres and playwrights around the country connected to craft a selection of one minute plays around that theme, or sent artists to St. Louis to develop the work on the ground.
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During Phase Two, guest artists traveled to St. Louis to engaged in a week of artistic exchange with St. Louis-based artists. All attended a lecture in UMSL Touhill Theatre by Dr. Terry Jones on race relations, and the history of St. Louis that led to the events in Ferguson; met with Duane Fosters' students at Normandy High School (Michael Brown's school); toured Ferguson with artist/activist Marty Casey; and facilitated a conversation with activists, artivists, and a police officer at The Urban League. All of this rich community engagement and artistic exploration seeded a environment to write more original plays on-site that were then integrated with the at-large collection. The entire collection of plays was then presented as staged readings in St. Louis at the Kranzberg Arts Center, and in Ferguson at the Dellwood Recreation Center, on October 23, 2015.
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Phase Three consists of the plays being done all over the United States with a specific month of concentrated programming taking place in October of 2016. This phase is already underway. Theaters like Trinity Repertory Theatre on the east coast and American Conservatory Theater on the west coast produced their own engagements on October 26 and 28 2015. "The activist community in Rhode Island has been present and vocal in the face of the national #blacklivesmatter movement," said Trinity Rep’s Community Engagement Coordinator Rebecca Noon. "We need to open the city’s public spaces to engage in this big conversation. ‘Every 28 Hours' promises to be one of those nights where art connects people around a life-and-death matter.” (Providence Journal)
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