Limited Seat Tickets Available - All fees go directly to pay the artists Limited Standing Room- Free MASKS REQUIRED
1:00 pm - Mother Tongue First Generation / The Performance Project (Preview with the full performance in December)
The Pertormance Project is a Springfield-based company that devises and produces multilinqual physical theater. The resident performing ensemble, First Generation, is a group of seven BIPOC, immigrant, and refugee youth, bringing different languages and experiences to a process of collective training and storytelling. Their newest work in progress weaves movement, music, and stories of their diasporic cultures, identities, families, and issues in their lives and communities, such as: trauma, loss of mother tonque, identity, home, and mental health.
1:45 pm - American Stink Bug Created and performed by Jean Minuchin
This is the first section of the full work “American Stink Bug”
The piece, created in the style of Bouffon, works within a clown genre that provokes through grotesque humor, whimsy, and confrontation. Jean Minuchin plays an American Stink Bug who interacts with the audience to poke at America’s deep political and cultural divides.
2:30 pm - Tree of Wisdom: My Aduon Across the Sea Foundation, Inc. 501(c)(3)
Tree of Wisdom, My Aduon was recently published on DVAN.org
The essay is about my grandmother who cared for and nurtured me when I was just a young child without parents. Perhaps she found comfort in sowing seeds of life through weaving fabric, foraging for wild edibles, and growing food. She offered what protection she could, through the devastating destruction in the lives of my people. It includes a brief history of the indigenous tribes of Montagnard Degar. The Montagnard people are a culturally diverse indigenous community in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. During the Vietnam war, these villagers fed and sheltered US Special Forces soldiers, helped them navigate the jungles, and fought alongside them. Claims to their land, resources, and human rights have still not been recognized and as a result they suffer from poverty and oppression.
Trigger Warning: Traumatic scenes in the writing
3:15pm- ? A Short Film Created and Performed by Alla Ilyasova
One question. One clown's quest... for the perfect answer. inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince created and performed by Alla Ilyasova
Appropriate for all ages
3:45pm SHORTS: Poems and Puppets By Jean Minuchin Performed by Jean Minuchin and Randy Hendler
This set honors the Day of the Dead and the Celtic holiday Samhain ( which later turned into Halloween ) both occurring at this time of year. These holidays merge the living with the dead and the present with spirit and memory. The short works use puppetry, mime, poetry and video to tell tales about love and loss.