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A World Premiere Play
NEW FIRE – To Put Things Right AgainWritten and Directed by Cherríe Moraga
Designed by Celia Herrera Rodríguez
After a fifteen-year hiatus, Cherríe Moraga returns to Brava Theater Center to help celebrate its 25th anniversary with her fourth Brava World Premiere production, NEW FIRE – To Put Things Right Again. Co-produced by the new-to-the Bay Area, cihuatl productions, NEW FIRE follows the sacred geography of Indigenous American ancestors to tell a post-modern story of rupture and homecoming.
Of her return to Brava, Playwright, Cherríe Moraga, states: “It’s about coming home, returning to the same place, but as a different person, a different artist. The world has changed so dramatically in fifteen years, and I, along with it. I am older, yes… and the work, more mature as well. I have, with my collaborators, discovered the poetry of movement, of visuals, the music of silence, even as I continue to write with words. It’s a beautiful thing to return to Brava -- this woman’s theater -- changed in this way, to celebrate a homecoming with a play that requires return for each of us – man, woman, elder and the young.”
We are seeking funds to support this world-premier project that has been three years in development and is currently funded in large part by a Gerbode and Hewlett Foundations. Additional funds raised during this campaign will support the costs of production, as well as, three Indigenous Master Artists who are serving as collaborators and performers. The artists include: Alelluia Panis, Choreographer (Pilipina); Stephen Cervantes, Instrumental Composer (Chumash); and, Charlene O’Rourke, Vocal Composer (Lakota).
This project is in the pre-production phase and with your support we plan to begin rehearsals in November. The production has a diverse and multi-talented cast, featuring Adelina Anthony in the role of "Coyote."
MORE ABOUT THE PLAY
Countering new-age apocalyptic predictions for 2012, NEW FIRE takes a mythic and modern-day look at the conditions of our times. Following one woman’s nightscape ceremonial journeying upon the eve of her 52nd birthday, NEW FIRE is a contemporary story about getting and staying ‘well’ in an amnesiac America. Along the way, she encounters tricksters and allies of every ilk to act as her guides on a road to re-membering a stolen past. Humorous antics interwoven with the dramatic, both mythological and mundane, NEW FIRE impels us to wonder of the place of the sacred in our lives and its correspondence to human acts of violence. The play serves as a living reminder of a more balanced cosmos, where the female once held a place of honor.
ON THE AWARD-WINNING COMMISSIONS. . .
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are the primary funders of the World Premiere of NEW FIRE, generated by a 2009 Playwright’s Collaboration commission of $75,000, awarded to Brava and the lead artists, Moraga and Herrera Rodríguez. In the previous year, Moraga, along with Herrera Rodríguez as Designer and Alleluia Panis as Choreographer, won a Creative Work Fund award with Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts, supporting a unique play development process for NEW FIRE. Headed by Herrera Rodríguez, collaborators held ceremonial meetings with immigrant and indigenous communities from the barrios of Chicago to the agricultural fields of California’s San Joaquin Valley in order to establish a solid community base for their explorations as theater artists.
* cihuatl is the word for ‘woman’ in Nahuatl, an indigenous language of México.
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