WVTC has commissioned Donald Jolly to write a play in response to live testimony of the witnesses of the 1965 Watts Riots
The Riot/Rebellion is a Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) project currently in development under the direction of Larissa Kokernot and commissioned playwright Donald Jolly. Other team members include Dramaturg Joe Cedillo and Production Manager Rita Cofield.
Witnesses of the 1965 Watts Riots were interviewed earlier this year using the "joint-stock" method in which interviewers could not write, videotape or record the testimonies - they simply listened - then went home and wrote everything they remembered. These testimonies were transformed into stories that were performed by the interviewers at a Viewings at Salon de la Plaza in April.
The next step of this Viewings process will be presented on Monday, December 10 at 7pm at 1450 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 at the home of Evelyn (a friend of the company) - this will be an invite-only event and all participants will be invited to attend by WVTC board members. Funds raised through this campaign will support the Riot/Rebellion artists participating in the Viewings.
Ultimately, Riot/Rebellion will be presented as a full-length play in the intersection of 116th St and Avalon Blvd in South LA where the Riots ignited in 1965. The mainstage production is scheduled for August 2013 and will serve as a collective therapy for the Watts community whose stories have not yet been told.
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The challenge is putting together an entertaining and educational Viewings during the Holidays that pays tribute to the stories of the witnesses and the historic event. WVTC is currently in the process of recruiting celebrity actors to perform the readings, so if you know any that you would like to see perform these stories let us know and we'll reach out to them.
We are pleased to announce our first celebrity, Demetrius Grosse! - here's info about him on IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2009006/
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a signed copy of the script of excerpts of the Watts Riots witnesses' testimoniesEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Riot/Rebellion t-shirt (featuring the Riot/Rebellion logo displayed on this page) in the size and color of your choiceEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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breakfast or lunch with Watts Riots witnesses and members of the Riot/Rebellion team at the iconic Watts CoffeehouseEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
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"Riot/Rebellion Tower" title credit in the Riot/Rebellion Viewings Program and 2 VIP tickets to the opening of the Riot/Rebellion Mainstage Production on 116th and Avalon in August 2013Estimated delivery: Dec 2012