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Sidewalk Sisters is a compilation of theatre, dance, poetry, rap and song.
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The goal of “Sidewalk Sisters” is to educate the public about the untold stories of young women who live in New York City, whom experience realities that are seldom spoken about. All the narratives come from the lives of the people in the play who only met by chance, sharing the same sidewalk. The play is about 4 women’s lives, the stories they carry and the weight of the pains they share as women, and the necessary healing that comes with surviving. One woman begs for her lover to come back, while searching for her own sense of independence. Another woman prays to be forgiven for abandoning her unborn child, while simultaneously experiencing abandonment from her own mother. Another tells the story of her mother’s distorted perception of love, and the abuse and weight she modeled for her daughter. And the final actress reclaims her body through rejecting the social norms men force upon women on the street through cat calling and even physical aggression against her body.

We attempt to beautify our community by opening up the dialogue between community members regarding our outlook of the “woman’s place” and body in our society. We challenge the idea that our bodies are more powerful than our minds, as well as challenge the preconceived notion that theater belongs solely to elite populations. In the sharing of personal stories we hope to engage community members to explore breaking down the walls between our homes by creating very little wall to put up or hide behind. Our stories and words are a literal representation of our lives and what we experience. We are pushing all community members to use our personal stories as a stepping stone for openness and change within our community. Without sharing dialogue and stories, our community would be one filled with miscommunication and very little healing.

The show will be held the weekend of May 9th, 10th and 11th, we hope that once people see the show, they will be enticed to book it for their local events or organizations. Our stories are relevant to all, as we are all products of our environment, projecting our learned and unlearned ideas. Through writing and performance art, we have healed and peeled through the layers of our identity. All 5 cast members are women; 4 of who identify as women of color, two identify as natives to New York City (Queens and Bronx born), the others, transplants of this urban jungle. We plan to unfold our very separate and unique experiences in our performance to allow others to share with us in the healing process by sharing a space in which our stories are honored for their truth. In addition to our show, we are planning a series of community events leading up to the show.

Come see "Sidewalk Sisters" an original piece of femme creativity and uniqueness. 

Tickets for the show can be found at the following site:

http://sidewalksisters.brownpapertickets.com/

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge here is not having enough pocket money to pay for our own production. Without your help, the show will not go on. We have rehearsed at least 100 hours and have planned over 100 hours already. If you do not support us, we will have to continue fundraising until we raise enough money. In addition, the world loses out on our remarkable work. All of us are writers and some of us became actresses and rappers in singers in the process. We all have challenged our performing art skills, so there are many, TOO MANY RISKS if we do not get fully funded. Our hard work will not be shared with the world as it should be.

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    A promotional flyer signed by each of the cast members.

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    PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE AND JOKES ON FRIENDS/FAMILY:

    A personalized phone call to a person of your choice to receive a poem, rap or song read to them by one of the cast members, in seriousness or in humor. Send us what you would like us to read and we'll call WHOEVER you want us to call (in the US).

    *You must provide us with the reading and a description of the way you would like it read. (We do several different types of accents and we will try anything you would like us to perform).

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    SPECIAL FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY NOT LIVING IN NEW YORK: Access to a private YouTube channel previewing parts of the show. Audio readings are available upon request.

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    A personalized poem/card sent to a person of your choice (or yourself). *You must provide us with a description of what you would like included.

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    FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICIZE IN OUR PROGRAM: You will be given two tickets to the show of your choice and recognition in our program (for your business or website).

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    PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE OR A LOVED ONE: Personalized poems/cards sent to 4 people of your choice. *You must provide us with a description of what you would like included.

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    PERFECT GIFT FOR THE ARTSY TYPE:

    Original art piece (for your wall) made by a cast member or supporter of "Sidewalk Sisters".

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    FOR NYC WRITERS & EDUCATORS:

    A personal or group of 15-20 (students or adults) 1 hour poetry writing workshop.

    You get to choose the topic your group explores!

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    FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE THE SHOW IN NYC: You will be given reserved seating, two tickets to the show of your choice and a signed flyer.

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