Browsing articles tagged with " social justice"

Mere Trifles by Susan Glaspell, et al.

May 29, 2017   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

In collaboration with Executive Director Anne Bertram at Theatre Unbound, I curated an evening of short plays to be in conversation with Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, for its’ 100th anniversary; I directed all four pieces. We commissioned Minnesota playwrights Rhiana Yazzie and Maxie Rockymore to write new pieces that picked …

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

May 29, 2017   //   by Kate Powers   //   Incarcerated performers, Productions, Shakespeare

Feste in Twelfth Night at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, 2016

 

In 2016, as our contribution to the celebration of Shakespeare’s 400 year legacy, the men of RTA and I staged Twelfth Night at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. It was my fifth time directing this play; it was my fifth …

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Paterson Falls by Rosemary McLaughlin

Oct 28, 2013   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Mabel Dodge learns of the strike.

In Fally 2013, I directed the premiere of Rosemary McLaughlin’s Paterson Falls within the Department of Theatre at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Paterson Falls chronicles and celebrates the ‘fragile bridge’ (to borrow a phrase from Steve Golin) that was built in 1913 between …

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Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Oct 28, 2013   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

George (Marcelle Smith) and Emily (Kate Kenney)

 

I directed Our Town at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and the men, with their female civilian counterparts, performed the play twice for the population of the facility and once for an invited civilian audience of ~225.

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town opened on …

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Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron

Nov 13, 2012   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Charese Scott-Cooper as Angel, Aissatu Young as Malika and Michelle Quintero Williams as Prix.

I heard one of the first readings of Breath, Boom at the Public Theatre several years ago; I was immediately struck by the force of Kia’s writing.  I also remember thinking that no one …

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Listen In

Jul 7, 2012   //   by Kate Powers   //   Director's Notebook, Incarcerated performers


In Acting II at Sing Sing this summer, we’ve been working on developing points of concentration, physical awareness and sense memory, discovering the dramatic action and building a character.  In this regard, our class is much like Acting 201 just about anywhere.  But we’re also looking for life skills, for …

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Execution of Justice by Emily Mann

Nov 8, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Prologue

Execution of Justice ran from January 28 trough February 8, 2004 on the Babcock Stage at Pioneer Theatre, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The acting company was comprised of students in the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah; not only did they embrace George Moscone and Harvey …

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Fanny’s First Play by George Bernard Shaw

Oct 12, 2010   //   by Kate Powers   //   Productions

Amy Reiter,, Backstage:
“Some off-off-Broadway theatres could learn a thing or two from Westside Repertory Theatre. . . [Fanny’s First Play] is well directed, acted and designed to boot. Director Kathleen Powers has assembled a first-rate cast . . . we have more good Shavian drama to look …

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