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Song Bridge


Categories: Music, Theater, Storytelling

Dates: September 11, 2022 - September 25, 2022

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: MAAS Building Studio


You were a child, and that child is still in you. Without looking at the past and forgiving little you, there’s no way future you can get past the past.

After years of working as a teacher, organizer, and facilitator, Matthew Armstead is pushed inward to show themself the care and accept the support they show others. Through poetry, movement, and song, Matthew embodies a chorus of voices. Black people don’t have to be perfect. Queer fam don’t have to perform to be cool. We all just get to be. Yes and…you get to forgive yourself.

Song Bridge is a compassionate journey about learning to sing again. Travel across time together toward collective healing.

Song Bridge was developed in Café Darkness: A Writing Workshop for People of Color.

Audience reflections on Song Bridge:

“Joyful, vibrant, heart tugging, and spell binding. Matthew has the poet’s gift of making the personal universal, which they use to weave through memory, emotion, and song, drawing in the audience with a master crafter’s skill. Each listening or viewing is an emotional outpouring allowing an unfolding of shades of meaning and layers of emotional experience that echoes from your own heart. A cathartic, uplifting, performance experience.”

“You don’t want to miss what Matthew’s going to do. It would be a mistake. Bring a group or the church van.”

“An opportunity for soul retrieval, in that it’s an opportunity to see parts of our/yourself that you may have lost along the way. And the way in which Matthew presents gives audiences an open door to possibly relocate those parts for reintegration.”

Informal and formal discussions at Cannonball will follow most showings.

Matthew Armstead

Matthew Armstead practices cultural organizing, which brings together arts and activism, just as they interweave blackness, queerness, faith, doubt, and curiosity. Matthew weaves together community organizing, popular education, and physical theatre techniques to create performances that engage audiences as active participants. Recent performance & creation credits include: Pirate Queen & Visions (Philly Fringe); Myth Seeds (self-produced); Boy Project (FringeArts Philadelphia); and Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual (Theatre for Transformation). Matthew has a M.F.A. with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a B.A. in Theater and Women's Studies from Swarthmore College.


Matthew Armstead - Creator & Performer, Rhetta Morgan - Director & Container Holder, Cat Ramirez - Director & Producer, Danie Ocean - Space Holder, Ingrid Lakey - Space Holder, Karen Orrick - Space Holder, Robert Carter - Production Photography, Jess Rodrigues - Costumes


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