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Plays

"don't wanna dance with ghosts...", by TS Hawkins, is a choreopoem experience of how past poisons taint the future when love strips you of closure.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*Coming soon!


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AGAIN, by TS Hawkins, is a choreopoem experience highlighting the black and brown voices that exclaim “stop killing us” while white supremacy and toxic masculinity retort “why?”.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*"AGAIN," will appear courtesy of The Bridge PHL, an annual play festival which strives to foster healing connections between rich and diverse communities by encouraging openness and dialogue about perspectives on racial prejudice, privilege, inclusion, and bias. Each autumn, the annual festival welcomes both experienced and new artists wishing to engage in the mission to further the endeavor to BUILD THE BRIDGE PHL! Cast/Crew: TS Hawkins (playwright) & Katrina Shobe (director). Featuring: TBA


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#SuiteReality, by TS Hawkins, is a choreopoem experience that touches upon Women's Rights, Black Lives Matter, and #SayHerName; a campaign that highlights womyn who have been killed by the fragility of masculinity and police brutality.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*First reading courtesy of Brief (Political) Encounters, a premiere 10-minute play festival hosted by ReVamp Collective, focusing on gender roles and stereotypes in the political world. Cast/Crew: Playwright TS Hawkins, Director Kalif Troy, Dramaturg Tiffany Bacon, and Choreographer Karina Banks. Featuring: Ashley Adams, Tiffany Barrett, Ashley B. Spearman, and special appearance by Aliyah Isis.





TESTIMONIALS
*Bonaly Review: Well, obviously #SuiteReality, I think was far out of the league of the other work. #SuiteReality is a choreopoem about the #sayhername movement, which has struggled to gain recognition for black women murdered by the police even as the country focused on the stories of black men. When Tiffany Barrett, Ashley Ayanna, Ashley Spearman and Aliyah Isis took the stage, it was like suddenly we were in a completely different world; the real world, where real things happen to real people. TS Hawkins poem was beautiful. She’s incredibly deft with words, and her cast understood them in their bones. #SuiteReality follows knowingly in the tradition of for colored girls. And that really amplified the feeling of a litany. As each of the names of the murdered women is listed, the connection to previous work sends the list backwards in time to encompass black women throughout. This play understood not only the political context that it exists in but also the theatrical context. The staging from Kalif Troy was bare and effective, nothing distracting from the words and emotions. There was just such a strong contrast between the hypothetical, hyper-acted and low stakes worlds of all of the other pieces and the honest immediacy of this one. All three actresses were deeply compelling and deeply individual. But Aliyah Isis was riveting. The combination of her composure and innocence with the reality of what it is to be a little black girl in this American moment did not allow emotional distance. It’s hard to know if Hawkins and Troy did this on purpose, but I think #SuiteReality ended up being a smart, necessary retort to the navel-gazing work that preceded it. When Isis says “This is for white folks” I knew I had been seen and called out. Hawkins knew who her audience would be, and she meant to take the opportunity to speak to them. Hawkins came to pop the bubble...and thank god.
*Heather Chonoles: #SuiteReality was awesome. You have a musical understanding of language. The actresses delivered the lines like they were incantations, and each woman radiated power and presence. The staging provided balanced support for the piece and the minimal nature hit the perfect note. The way the women came in laughing, then shifted gears while pinning down the audience with direct eye contact was an awesome choice. And the implementation of the child actress was smart, controlled, and done to the greatest effect. You are making art that matters, and I want to see everything you create. This is what theater can do. This is why we need to see live theater. Thank you for what you do!
*Gabrielle Corsaro: TS, your piece was gorgeous and completely unforgettable. I will be replaying it in my mind for a very long time. Congrats to you, the cast, and your creative team!
*Cara Blouin: I swear to God, you're going to save us all. You made it so worth it!
*Greg Nanni: I loved your piece. Looking forward to the next time I get a chance to see your work!
*Nick Palazzolo: Always excited to support you and your creative brilliance! Absolutely stunning tonight! You wrote some lines that are continuing to echo in my heart, challenging me.

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The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, by TS Hawkins, journeys through the lives of seven girls being escorted into womanhood. Embracing multiple levels of play, the girls teach one another ways to interact with the world at large. Using poetic dialogue, these girls introduce that their similarities expand beyond their assigned genders while exploring how their differences bring them together. Positioning itself as a foreshadowing to Ntozake Shange's work "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf", The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G highlights the embryonic spark of when all girls gather; soothing one’s aches, sorting each one’s puzzles, and sharing one’s triumphs with her chosen collective.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*First reading courtesy of Mz. Fest, a premiere festival hosted by Plays & Players, that brings multiple local theatre companies together for a week to explore, question, and celebrate female stories. This year, Mz. Fest 2015 attempts to answer “Who are women in today’s world? In yesterday’s world? And in tomorrow’s world?” Cast/Crew: Playwright TS Hawkins, Director Amber Emory. Featuring: Nastassja Baset, Marisol Custodio, Jackie DiFerdinando, Kimie Muroya, Kaitlyn Pribulsky, Zoe Richards, Rebekah Sharp, and special guest appearance by Steve Wright.


*Second reading courtesy of (re)FOCUS FEST, a premiere festival of four collaborators; Kaleid Theatre, Power Street Theatre, [redacted] theater company, and emerging playwright TS Hawkins who wanted to showcase work that explores the power of “privilege”. Cast/Crew: Playwright TS Hawkins, Director Cheyenne Barboza, Assistant Director Katrina Shobe. Featuring: Leah Holleran, Maria Beltre, Kaitlin Pribulsky, April Rose Davis, Bianca A. Davies, Nastassja Baset, Katrina Shobe, and special guest appearance by Donnell  Powell.








TESTIMONIALS:
*Dr. Kimmika Williams-WitherspoonEnvisioning what might have come before Ntozoke Shange’s for colored girls...Hawkins’ new play The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G is engaging and honest, lyrical, grim and real; but more than that, it is a must see!
*Alonzo Delaine: My daughter and I enjoyed it immensely plus had great conversations....thanks for creating such great work....We are indeed Temple Made!!!!
*Frank Lewis: I truly enjoyed SLW! Awesome, raw emotion released on stage…instantly pulled in by the artistry of the words. It was bold, it had sass, it tugged at my emotions as is it spewed many thoughts one might wonder. I love Hawkins' work and how it's evolving... Kudos to the actors who brought your efforts to fruition. Anyone who has an opportunity to experience this great piece of work should do so!
*Tara Lessard: Such a beautiful play! "The Secret Life of a Wonder a Prologue in G" made me laugh, cry, sweat, ponder, dream & smile…Hawkins is the best!
*Sandra Toney: Well written and Hawkins’ vision is true to life of what embodies the evolution of girlhood into womanhood!
*Brandy Bones: Powerful performances, beautiful language, and captivating choreography! Thank you for inviting the public to check out this work!
*Alex Davis: Thought-provoking and interesting. A very unique piece that should be largely produced!!
*Cheryl Williams: It’s like watching Shakespeare! Brilliant linguistic energy and emotional connection via brain power! Awesome production!

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#RM2B, written by TS Hawkins, desires to answer "Do we give ourselves room to be ourselves? Or do we allow societal structures to solely shape how we navigate and exist in the world today?" Using W.E.B DuBois work as a template, these six women explore how the concepts of "to be the problem" and "to live in privilege" collide, survive and thrive physically and linguistically in everyday life.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
#RM2B was created as part of "The Souls of Black Folk" project facilitated by Cara Blouin and housed in the Painted Bride Art Center. Cast: TS Hawkins, Rachel O’ Hanlon Rodriguez, Cheyenné Barboza, Nastassja Baset, Tamara Woods & Adrianna Branin.


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They'll Neglect To Tell You, written by TS Hawkins, poetically paints an unfortunate truth of Philadelphia's current social political landscape. With educational budget cuts, prisons on the rise and white flight profiting off of black bodies struggling in the margins, Hawkins pens the reality of a war brewing in the City of Brotherly Love.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
They'll Neglect To Tell You, was created as part of "The Souls of Black Folk" project facilitated by Cara Blouin and housed in the Painted Bride Art Center. This solo production was written and performed by TS Hawkins.


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Too Late To Apologize, written by TS Hawkins, is a theatrical-poetic vignette rimming a tale of wonderlust for strangers who meet at a bar.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*Too Late To Apologize debuted as part of BRAT $HIT CRAZY for Brat Productions "The Diary of Lisa Q" in 2013. Cast/Crew: TS Hawkins (playwright), Madi Distefano (director). Featuring: Sarah Schol.

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Cartons of Ultrasounds, by TS Hawkins, sojourned how "America pickets for the unborn; milk carton the missing, shush the battered and molest rape victims into believing it’s their fault. In an attempt to generate peace, onlookers become pieces of the machine that churn our embryos, our girls, our women, our females into seclusion; water-boarding their freedom and manufacturing their wombs with assembly-line legislature. Prisoners to their gender, we, society, have become the parasitic conjoined twin of the dogmatic cycle extending life sentences of invalidation. With scantily clad images, pejorative song lyrics, and abusive homes, we teach them to be the missing, the raped, and the forgotten".

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*Cartons of Ultrasounds debuted November 2012 at the Trestle Inn, directed by Andre Brown and Christina May. The work then moved to NYC, with mask & direction by Kyla Kollmer McHale as part of the Puppets & Poets residency showcase in December 2012.


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Seeking Silence, written by TS Hawkins, questions "if" and "where" silence rests in the everyday landscape.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
*Seeking Silence debuted as part of the Puppets & Poets residency in 2011 in NYC. Puppets and Masks were created by Kyla McHale and Joesph Therrien. Designed & Performed by TS Hawkins, Kyla Kollmer McHale, Joseph Therrien, Renee Dumouchel, Katie Issel Pitre and Kathryn Wilkening.

TESTIMONIALS:
*Theatre Alliance Reviewer: "Seeking Silence" raises thoughtful questions and respects its audience enough to not provide overly simplistic answers. As the masked performers join together at the piece’s conclusion to become a sort of communal body, collectively breathing life into a giant puppet who has been sleeping at the foot of the stage, there is a sense of hope and unity, but it is not naïve or easy. There is a “library of thought” and work to be done by all of us seeking to build a true democratic community.
*Amber West, MFA, PhD, & co-founder of Alphabet Arts NYC: Alphabet Arts created Puppets & Poets in part to test our theory that mixing seemingly-disparate art forms can create something new that is perhaps more expressive and more effective in communicating and connecting with audiences. "Seeking Silence" proves this theory correct. It is an impressive feat (and a rare treat) to see poetry, puppetry, mask, and dance/movement fused so beautifully on stage.



4 comments:

  1. Rachel O'Hanlon-RodriguezFebruary 18, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Ended up reading "The Secret Live of Wonder: a prologue in G" two times through. This is incredible! Your language is so beautiful and the voices of all these young girls are so dynamic.

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  2. LaNeshe Miller-WhiteFebruary 18, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    I loved the exploration of sisterhood and womanhood through younger voices and I enjoyed how the secrets unfolded...

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  3. WOW! I just finished reading your play and it is so beautiful! I'm still in that shock and in that adrenaline rush phase that happens when you just get off of an exhilerating ride! That ending was so rough and soft all at the same time and i love how each character develops. You're wonderful and you are a wizard with words! I feel like I need to read this 5 more times to take it all in again and catch all of the nuances that you've put in!!!

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  4. I just finished the play!! Amazing amazing amazing!!! You are truly amazing at what you do!

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