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Wine in the Wilderness

Details

Categories: Interdisciplinary, Theater

Dates: September 22, 2022 - October 2, 2022

Run Time: 90 mins

Venue: Poth Brewery

Overview

Wine in the Wilderness examines race, gender, and class against the backdrop of the 1964 race riots in Harlem. The plot unfolds in the apartment of a painter creating a triptych to illustrate the phases of Black Womanhood. When friends introduce him to a potential model for the final painting, assumptions unravel and the true power of Black women is acknowledged and celebrated. Under AlexandraEspinoza’s direction, the production will feature Akeem Davis, Ciera Gardner, Keith Livingston, Natajia Sconiers, and Brian Anthony Wilson.

Director Espinoza has a rich connection to the piece: “Wine in the Wilderness was the first “classic” play I read that spoke directly to the Black community with no translations, code switches, or cultural exposition for a non-Black audience. That felt refreshing, liberating, and exciting. It’s important for audiences to know that the conversations we are having today about how to build a better future for our communities have been happening for generations.”
Espinoza hopes the production demonstrates “that there are as many ways to be a Black person in search of liberation as there are Black people on this planet. We are stronger in our multiplicities and the first step in building community is the simplest and yet most complex of all – listening to each other.”

Philadelphia Artists Collective / TheBlackBestFriend

The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC) is a site-specific classical theatre company. Founded in 2008, PAC is a cohort of artists dedicated to creating unique theatrical events that examine our humanity through rare classical plays and multidisciplinary collaboration. By staging rarely produced texts, PAC expands the classical canon to be more inclusive of world cultures. PAC tells stories with an engaging and visceral clarity, inspiring audiences to lean in and more deeply consider the fundamental elements of humanity. A vital part of the PAC's mission is The Artist-In-Residence Program, which bridges the gap between performance and visual art, encouraging dialogue among artists and enriching encounters with audiences. PAC has staged productions in a variety of site-specific locations throughout Philadelphia, including the Woodlands Mansion & Cemetery, the USS Olympia, and the historic Physick House. In 2015, PAC won the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre Company. the circuit is an artistic hub for Black narratives of individual expansiveness and collective liberation. TheBlackBestFriend creates projects which are Black led, community driven, multidisciplinary, and committed to the beauty of Black stories.

Credits

CAST


Akeem Davis


Ciera Gardner


Keith Livingston


Natajia Sconiers


Brian Anthony Wilson


CREATIVE:


Director: AZ Espinoza


Stage Manager: Autumn Blalock


Artist-in-Residence: Jihan Thomas


Lighting Designer: Bless Rudisill


Costume Designer: Aly Gonzalez


Technical Director: James Mobley


Props Designer: Sara Outing


Sound Designer: Adiah Hicks


theBlackBestFriend is a creative hub for Black joy, resilience, and community. Born out of the necessity of rescuing Black characters from flat narratives, theBlackBestFriend claims the whole space to tell the full story. theBlackBestFriend prioritizes radical accessibility to Black stories for members of the global majority. theBlackBestFriend is AZ Espinoza, Brie Knight, and you (if you know, you know).


 The Philadelphia Artists’ Collective (PAC) is a site-specific classical theatre company. Founded in 2008, PAC is a cohort of artists dedicated to creating unique theatrical events that examine our humanity through rare classical plays and multidisciplinary collaboration. By staging rarely produced texts, PAC expands the classical canon to be more inclusive of world cultures. PAC tells stories with an engaging and visceral clarity, inspiring audiences to lean in and more deeply consider the fundamental elements of humanity. A vital part of the PAC's mission is The Artist-In-Residence Program, which bridges the gap between performance and visual art, encouraging dialogue among artists and enriching encounters with audiences. PAC has staged productions in a variety of site-specific locations throughout Philadelphia, including the Woodlands Mansion & Cemetery, the USS Olympia, and the historic Physick House. In 2015, PAC won the June and Steve Wolfson Award for Evolving Theatre Company.

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