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Spoken Word Theater Exploring Asian Am. Women's Lives In Post-9/11 NYC In Conversation With Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, & Aisha

YES! As of 3:22 PM, Wednesday, 9/5, our 139 backers secured 100% of our funding goal, BUT here are 3 great reasons to keep contributing:

1) Every $ contributed ABOVE our goal allows us to get a PROFESSIONAL VIDEOGRAPHER to document the work in a creative and powerful way - allowing us to share "Say You Heard My Echo" with more communities across the country.

2) You can still SPONSOR TICKETS FOR NYC YOUTH & COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS. We want the show to be as accessible as possible for youth and those working on social issues in our communities. Your contribution helps to make it happen. Some of our partner org's include: Coalition Against Anti-Asian Violence, South Asian Youth Action, and Urban Word NYC. 

3) You can still BUY DISCOUNT ADVANCE TICKETS for our 6 performances in NYC (9/12-9/16), helping to secure your seat and date of show, before the possibility that the shows sell out!

THANK YOU SO MUCH - For every dollar, tweet, FB re-post, like, share, invite, thank you for taking us above and beyond - It makes the hundreds of hours of labor and love so worth it!

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Spoken word and theater collide in this explosive and moving story of 3 Asian American women who re-build their lives a decade after 9/11, prompting them to call on Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha...

Say You Heard My Echo Workshop Production (October 2011)
Say You Heard My Echo Workshop Production (October 2011)

ABOUT SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO: 

Moving Earth Productions is proud to present the full production run of "Say You Heard My Echo," an evening-length spoken word theater production at HERE Arts Center in NYC (9/12/12-9/16/12) commissioned by Asian American Arts Alliance for the 2012 Locating the Sacred Festival!

What connects a Catholic burlesque dancer who survived the Twin Towers, a Buddhist Iraq war veteran and hip hop emcee who returns home, and a Muslim librarian whose family suffers detention and interrogation? An evening-length spoken-word poetry theater project written by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (500 performances worldwide including the White House & three seasons of the award-winning Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry), Say You Heard My Echo explores the lives of three fictional Asian American women in New York City a decade after 9/11. With choral poems, prayers, activist folk songs, and raps, the play weaves together the characters’ struggles with survivorship and faith and their intimate relationships with Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha.

Performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, YaliniDream, and Adeeba Rana with stage direction by Jesse Jou.

Costumes: Valérie Thérèse Bart / Lighting: Alan Edwards / / Set: Chien-Yu Peng / Sound: Mike Skinner / Producers: Nancy Kim, Ying Le / Associate Producer: Rising Circle Theater Collective / Stage Management: John Nehlich / Associate Director: Devin Brain

WHY KICKSTARTER:

Partial funds have been raised for this full production run via partnership with Asian American Arts Alliance's Locating the Sacred Festival & Rising Circle Theater Collective, we still need to raise $8000 to help cover the costs of:  

  • Venue Rental

  • Rehearsal Space Rental

  • Sets (Materials & Construction)

  • Costumes  

  • Lighting

  • Sound

  • Artist / Designer Fees (3 Performers, Director, Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Costume Designer, 2 Producers, Writer - All working at reduced or pro bono rates)

  • Technician Fees (Stage Manager)

  • Documentation / Archival (Photo & Video)

Previous major funding for "Say You Hear My Echo" was awarded by Asian Women's Giving Circle. Staged readings and workshop production were also supported by New York University Asian Pacific American Institute and Flushing Council on the Arts.

PRODUCTION HISTORY / AWARDS / PRESS:

  • October 2011: Workshop Production: Asian American Arts Alliance's Call & Response Series at Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY

  • January 2012: Staged Reading: Poetic License Theater Festival at the Wild Project, NYC

  • June 2012: Staged Reading: Rising Circle Theater Collective's PlayRISE Festival at Theater Row, NYC

  • July 2012: Staged Reading: DC Hip Hop Theater Festival at BloomBars, Washington, D.C.

  •  September 2012: WORLD PREMIERE: Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival at HERE Arts Center, NYC

Recipient of 2011 Asian Women's Giving Circle Grant

Featured on NY1 Interview with Michelle Park:

FROM KELLY:

As playwright and performer for this piece, I couldn't be prouder of the team of professionals that we've assembled, which includes my fellow performers Adeeba Rana & YaliniDream, our mighty director Jesse Y. Jou, our fearless producers Ying Le, Nancy Kim, & Rising Circle Theater Collective, and a brilliant group of designers Chien-Yu Peng (set), Mike Skinner (sound), Alan Edwards (lights), Valerie Bart (costumes), and our newly added stage manager John Nehlich. To check out cast & crew bios, visit http://www.sayyouheardmyecho.com

It has long been my dream to create a full-length spoken word theater piece that could further elevate and innovate what spoken word and theater have to offer, and I couldn't pick a more insightful and passionate team to bring that vision home to NYC! 

Making this project artistically excellent and socially relevant has been a guiding principle for our team as we've developed this piece through 3 staged readings and 1 workshop production over the last year (very much aided by outstanding producer Andre Lancaster & dramaturg Amissa Miller).

In a lot of ways, this play is my love letter to NYC and Asian American women's stories of faith, survival, and strength post-9/11. Although the characters in this play are fictional, their stories, experiences, and quirks draw from my life, people that I love, and people whose stories have inspired me. 

On behalf of our team, THANK YOU for supporting this vision!

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