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Monday, August 27, 2018

Events: Taja Lindley's "The Bag Lady Manifesta"


The Rotunda welcomes Taja Lindley's The Bag Lady Manifesta

In a world that treats Black life as if it’s disposable, The Bag Lady is an urgent reckoning and revelation. She is the accumulation of discarded lives and abandoned histories reeking havoc on the amnesia, the forgetting, the erasure and the silencing. Remembering is the responsibility of the living. Are you doing your work? Because an unacknowledged history produces ghosts.

Performed by Taja Lindley, The Bag Lady Manifesta features an immersive installation of memory followed by a participatory performance ritual where audiences are invited to (re)consider what to let go of, and what to remember – individually and collectively. Through dynamic movement, burlesque, text, soundscapes, ritual and projection Lindley adorns and activates her Black, queer, female body with trash bags to traverse the dumping grounds and shadow side(s) of herself, the audience and the United States.

This work is inspired by previous iterations of Lindley’s Bag Lady work, including This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering, and was presented as the culmination of Lindley’s residency at Dixon Place.

The performance will be followed by a talkback with Taja, moderated by international author and performance poet TS Hawkins!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Events: TS Hawkins performs at Sounds from the Underground!


ABOUT THE FUNDRAISER
Join the artists of Svaha Theatre Collective for their first fundraiser! Inspired by the work of Sarah Kane’s iconic In-Yer-Face theater, Svaha will be hosting An Evening of Sounds From The Underground. Inspired by themes of our next show, PHAEDRA’S LOVE, Kane’s brutal exploration of the nature of love and family, of judgement, justice and truth - this evening will feature the bold voices of some of Philly’s incredible artists. Groove to the tunes of political resistance and recreational drugs, snape to the poetic stylings of social justice, grab a city wide and a raffle ticket to take home some original artwork, jewelry, and hand-crafted beer - all in the support of Svaha Theatre Collective.

Featured Artists:
TS Hawkins
Rasan Allbritton (of Rasan In The Heyday)
Nazeer Art'aud
Chris Davis
Becca Khalil
Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez
Mahogany Rose
Misty Rosso
Amanda Schoonover
Bern the Bastard (of Bern & the Bastards)
and Gracie & The So Beautifuls

ABOUT TS HAWKINS
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, and playwright. Plays & shorts include: Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, and "don't wanna dance with ghosts...". AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the "Best Theater Moment of 2017" and #SuiteReality received the 2017 "Reality Check" Surya Bonaly Award. Books include: Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins is best known for creating the masterclass "Thriving Ain't Easy"; a poetry course that infuses health, wellness, and activism through poetry.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Events: TS Hawkins performs at The Bridge PHL Annual Funrasier


TS Hawkins performs alongside Jai Lynne & Arthur Bacon at The 2018 Bridge PHL Theatre Festival Fundraiser!

ABOUT THE EVENT:
Please join us for an evening of music, comedy, spoken-word, refreshments, prizes, conversation, and community!

Tickets: $15 cash at the door.

Build the Bridge PHL t-shirts are $10 and 25% of t-shirt sales always is donated to Black Lives Matter. All other funds raised will go towards producing The Bridge PHL Theatre Festival this November 1st - 4th.

ABOUT TS HAWKINS:
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, and playwright. Her plays & shorts include: Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, and "don't wanna dance with ghosts...". AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the "Best Theater Moment of 2017" and #SuiteReality received the 2017 "Reality Check" Surya Bonaly Award. Her books include: Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins is slated to teach her poetry course, "Thriving Ain't Easy", as a Master Class for the 2018 Philadelphia Writer's Conference; a course that infuses health, wellness, and activism through poetry!

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Fostering healing connections between our diverse communities, encouraging openness and dialogue on racial prejudice, privilege, inclusion, intersectionality, and bias, through powerful acts of theatre.

www.thebridgephl.org 
facebook.com/thebridgephl 
instagram.com/thebridgephl 
twitter @BridgePhl 
youtube: The Bridge PHL 
thebridgephl@gmail.com

Sunday, March 11, 2018

News: #SuiteReality by TS Hawkins Featured in WORDPEACE!


WORDPEACE is a literary journal dedicated to peace and justice. #SuiteReality, by TS Hawkins, is featured in its Winter/Spring 2.2 Issue!

#SuiteReality debuted February 2017 as a choreopoem play directed by Kalif Troy featuring Tiffany Barrett, Ashley Ayanna, Ashley B. Spearman, and Aliyah Isis. Later that year, it received the “Reality Check” Surya Bonaly Award.

Click HERE to read!
Click HERE to watch!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Events: "Thriving Ain't Easy" by TS Hawkins [Master Class at the Philadelphia Writer's Conference]




ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS
In a topsy-turvy social political media driven climate, how does one search for peace? Through various poetic activities, attendees will explore what it means to own one's voice and solace of mind! This is a two day Master Class held on Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th!

ABOUT TS HAWKINS
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, and playwright. Her plays & shorts include: Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, and #SuiteReality. AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the "Best Theater Moment of 2017" and #SuiteReality received the 2017 "Reality Check" Surya Bonaly Award. Her books include: Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately, Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins is slated to teach her poetry course, "Thriving Ain't Easy", as a Master Class for the 2018 Philadelphia Writer's Conference.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
Gather with the Philadelphia writing community at the 70th Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference! Our annual event will connect you with writer and publisher friends new and old, and give you the tools and connections to help you grow your skills and get published. Be sure to subscribe for regular updates about the conference, including speaker announcements, detailed workshop info, and new agents and editors. For more information, click HERE!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Events: Cartons of Ultrasounds by TS Hawkins

photo credit: Imani Clovis

https://refocus.ticketleap.com/2018/

ABOUT THE PLAY
Cartons of Ultrasounds, by TS Hawkins and directed by Cheyenne Barboza, unpacks how the societal machine churns embryos, girls, and womyn, into seclusion; waterboarding their freedom and manufacturing their wombs with assembly-line legislature. Prisoners to their gender, society has become the parasitic conjoined twin of the dogmatic cycle extending life sentences of female identified invalidation. With scantily clad images, pejorative song lyrics, and abusive homes heightening the maltreatment of the female form, we teach womyn to be the missing, the raped, and the forgotten.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Cheyenne Barboza is a local playwright and director with a great passion for fostering new works. A graduate of The University of the Arts, her credits include: Our Hands are Up (Philadelphia Young Playwrights), NIGHT (Philadelphia Young Playwrights), Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G (reFOCUS FEST), Trade (Inis Nua). Currently, Barboza is a fellow for the Director's Gathering (DG). Additionally, she's tickled pink to be working on another TS Hawkins creation at (re)FOCUS FEST!

ABOUT THE ACTOR
Iman Aaliyah is an actor-poet from Baltimore, Maryland who relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to obtain her BFA in Acting at the University of the Arts graduating in May 2018. She is excited and honored to be a part of TS Hawkins' choreopoem Cartons of Ultrasounds.  Iman often does staged readings around the city as well as workshops for new plays in development. Some credits include: The Fisherman and the Flounder (Fisherman's wife) at Enchantment Theatre; TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (Pam) at PlayPenn; Cutting It (Muna) at Inis Nua reading series; Trade & Generation (Novice) at Inis Nua reading series; Really (Girlfriend understudy) at Theatre Exile; Coriolanus (Titus Lartius) at Shakespeare in Clark Park; Running Numbers (Temptation 2) at Theatre in the X; Pocatello (Isabelle) at University of the Arts. For more information, visit www.ImanAaliyah.com

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
(re)FOCUS FEST 2018 brings together four theatre makers to explore what it means to reclaim and to celebrate diversity through shared performance. Through poetic dialogue, immersive soundscapes, and lyrical movement, Kaleid Theatre, Pratima Agrawal, Alma's Engine, and TS Hawkins meditate on gender, race, sexuality, class, and everything in between. (re)FOCUS FEST is a chance to (re)focus on themes that are all around us, but difficult to see, explore, and discuss. It is a celebration of our ability to confront ourselves, learn from each other, and rejoice in the myriad of experiences that make us who we are.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

News: TS Hawkins Featured on Counterweight!

TS Hawkins is an internationally recognized playwright, performance poet, and arts educator. Her published works include Sugar Lumps and Black Eye Blues, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short and The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G. Her choreopoem AGAIN, appeared in the PHL Bridge Festival last year. Counterweight asked her some questions about her work.

CW: Theater is tough, and you’re a busy person with lots of modes and talents (poetry, education, justice work) Why do you keep doing it? 
TS: I do the work because it needs to be done; no questions or doubts about it. The voices of those that are continually placed into the margins due to various systems of oppression need to be thrust center-stage; telling their own stories without the glaze of bastardized Euro-centric paralipsis. Click HERE to read more!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Events: "Race to the Stage" a Luke Allen Productions documentary

"Race to the Stage"
a LUKE ALLEN PRODUCTIONS documentary

Executive Producer: Luke Allen
Director of Production: Zuhairah McGill
Director of Photography: Rachel Smith
Producer: TS Hawkins

for more information