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BY ANYA PEARSON

DIRECTED BY JAMIE M. REA

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION

@ SHAKING THE TREE THEATRE

FEBRUARY 15TH - MARCH 16TH, 2019

THURSDAY - SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 7:30PM
SUNDAYS AT 2PM 
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINUTES

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A FUSION OF POETRY, THEATRE, AND VIOLENT AND VISCERAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE WHICH POSES THE QUESTION:

HOW DO WE HEAL FROM TRAUMA?

It's about Ava, a young black woman, who is raped by her boyfriend's friends while he watches.

she develops PTSD as a result.

Metaphorically, she fractures into five different women who each represent a different facet of her personality:

Romance, Despair, Madness, Perseverance, and Missing You.

Poetically, these women narrate her journey through PTSD while she, her first love, and her abusers explore through dance the trauma and the events leading up to it. 

For the play, Anya is the inaugural winner of the $10,000 Voice is a Muscle Grant from the Corporeal Voices Foundation which is run by best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch. The grant recognizes a writer of color from Oregon who demonstrates exemplary merit and a passion for social justice.   

cast 

DANCERS:

Amber Bates - Ava

Jeff George - First Love

Malik Delgadp - Sidekick Assasin I

Ian McBride - Sidekick Assasin II

Minon Minniewether - The Ringleader

ACTORS:

Emily Hogan - Official Lady of Missing You

Tonea Lolin - Lady of Intoxicating Romance

Shani Harris-Bagwell - Lady of this Crippling Despair

Nicole Accuardi - Lady of this Uncertain Madness

Anya Pearson* - Lady of Utmost Perseverance

*Member of Actors' Equity Association


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Based on Aeschylus' tragedy "Agamemnon"

BY ANYA PEARSON

commissioned by orphic

FEBRUARY 1ST + 2ND, 2019

7:30PM

@ SHOUT HOUSE

The Killing Fields, by Anya Pearson, is a riveting new drama about love, loss, and the true price of vengeance. Set in 1980's East Oakland, at the height of the crack epidemic, it reimagines the Ancient Greek play, Agamemnon, through an African American lens. Combining poetic language with great humor and heart, The Killing Fields, is a fresh take on one of history's most epic tales

The reading is free to attend, but space is limited, so making a reservation is highly recommended.

Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion, moderated by Orphic interns, Kyle Riper and Jenna Cady. 

The reading will feature the acting talents of:

Kisha Jarrett

Bobby Bermea

Briana Ratterman

Kayla Kelly

Jennifer LannieR

Shalanda Sims

Prentice Onayemi

Johnathan Thompson


Anya recently received the $10,000 Problem Play Commission from Bag&Baggage Theatre to adapt Measure for Measure with an African-American lens focused on the prison industrial complex.

The World Premiere of this adaptation will take place in early 2020.