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Help us celebrate Harvey Milk Day in Charlotte!
Harvey Milk Day will be celebrated in Charlotte on Monday, May 22 with four readings of the tribute play Dear Harvey: Stories of Harvey Milk – the people he knew, the lives he changed.
The readings are being produced by Dan Kirsch, Creative Director of Green Hair Creative. The play, by Patricia Loughrey, with music by Thomas Hodges, premiered in April 2009 at Diversionary Theatre, San Diego’s LGBT Theatre, formerly led by Kirsch. There have been more than 40 full productions or readings across the United States since the premiere.
The play tells intimate, surprising stories based on interviews with Harvey’s nephew Stuart Milk, campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, AIDS Quilt founder Cleve Jones and other activists. This spirited tribute reaffirms his impact and the continued relevance of his campaign towards equality, almost four decades after his assassination. Harvey Milk would have been 87 this year.
Free Admission with a pass-the-hat ask to benefit the formation of SAGE Charlotte. Includes facilitated conversation about LGBT history. Featuring: Nicia Carla, Joanna Gerdy, Andrea King, Anne Lambert, Lane Morris, Sheila Proctor, Sarah Provencal, Karina Roberts, and Gina Stewart.
An additional reading will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at the Levine Jewish Community Center, 7:30pm. 5007 Providence Road, Charlotte. Free Admission with a pass-the-hat ask to benefit the formation of SAGE Charlotte. Featuring artists from the Theatre Charlotte readings.
Dear Harvey readings are being promoted by the host sites and Voices for Justice, arts and social justice organizations: Greenspon Center for Peace & Social Justice, Paperhouse Theatre, Theatre Charlotte, Three Bone Theatre and other Voices to be announced.
Pass-the-hat donations will be split between host organization, the formation of a SAGE Charlotte Chapter (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), and Green Hair Creative. Donations are tax-deductible thru a fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas. Reservations for tickets can be made after May 1, 2017. For more information, email Dan Kirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.greenhaircreative.org.
Chickspeare™ is an all-female Shakespeare Company that started performing shows in 1998 at (the now defunct) Johnson Beer Company in Charlotte, NC. While over the years they have become best known for their Shakespeare “abridging/fast-forwarding/rewinding” brewery shows, they have also produced numerous full-length productions including MacBeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceasar, and Winter’s Tale.
Following the closing of Johnson Beer, Chickspeare™ produced shows in different Charlotte spaces, finally landing in a familiar brewery setting at NoDa Brewing Company where it began its ChicksBEER series in 2012. In 2013, Chickspeare™ produced Twelfth Night at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte.
As an all-female Shakespeare Company, Chickspeare™ has been breaking gender barriers, giving women the opportunity to explore characters not otherwise available to them in most modern productions of Shakespeare. Chickspeare’s shows are not merely passive theatre experiences; indeed, they engage the audience and provide a creative, provocative environment for female actors to explore and experience Shakespeare’s plays. This desire to break down gender barriers for women in Shakespeare fuels the next stage of Chickspeare’s future. While the company continues to be a vehicle for women and girls to explore their performance of Shakespeare’s roles, the company plans to promote the development of new plays, providing the voices of female playwrights the opportunity to create new work based on Shakespeare’s plays. To learn more about Chickspeare™, read about them in Shakespeare and Gender in Practice by Terri Power. A part of the Shakespeare in Practice series, it explores theoretical and practical approaches to performing gender in contemporary Shakespeare productions. Check out their website at http://chickspeare.com/chickspeare-history/ or follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@chickspeare).
Chickspeare™ looks forward to continuing its relationship with NoDa Brewing Company as it continues its ChicksBEER series in 2016! Stay tuned!