They'll Neglect to Tell You by TS Hawkins
They'll Neglect to Tell You
by TS Hawkins
Grace is a burgeoning therapist. Merci dangles for freedom at the bottom of a bourbon glass. College sweethearts and newlyweds, they elope to Philadelphia for a fresh beginning. Stumbling into polarizing landscapes, they struggle in the margins of heart and home.
They'll Neglect to Tell You was devised as a vignette in 2015 as part of the Painted Bride Arts Center’s The Souls of Black Folk Project facilitated by Cara Blouin. This solo piece was written and performed by TS Hawkins. They'll Neglect to Tell You is a choreopoem painting an unfortunate truth of Philadelphia's social-political landscape. With educational budget cuts, prisons on the rise, and white flight profiting from black and brown bodies struggling in the margins, Hawkins pens the reality of a city's "brotherly love".
In 2019, TS Hawkins was awarded the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency at 1812 Productions. The focus of the residency is the development of a piece already in progress. Hawkins partnered with Lois Moses to expand They’ll Neglect to Tell You. Moses served as director, dramaturg, and videographer during the residency program.
July 2020, They’ll Neglect to Tell You was featured on "I Put on Pants for This"; a webcast produced by 1812 Productions founders Jen Childs and Scott Greer. During the webcast, TS Hawkins and Lois Moses discussed the process, the journey, and transformation of the choreopoem.