A new play about Black and Irish performance exchange. a Black Caribbean woman from New York City travels to rediscover her roots.
Black and Irish entertainers have been trading music, stories, songs and dances for a couple of hundred years. Living together side by side in ports and pubs these artists have created new forms of art even as their communities clash over histories, heritages and making money.
Liverpool Trading (Liverpool <-> New York) is a new play about Black and Irish performance exchange. After two years of research and travel in London, Liverpool, Ireland, and New York’s Lower East side, a multi-national company of actors, singers, dancers and writers present their first performance exchange.
Help us raise money for production costs for the first public showing of this new play with music. Your support will kickstart future touring opportunities for this exciting ensemble of players.
In Liverpool Trading (Liverpool <-> New York), a Black Caribbean woman from New York City travels to rediscover her roots. Black and Irish entertainers trade Pub culture and lost lives. Patricia Kelly searches for her personal history amid minstrels and scousers trying to eek out a living around the ports and pubs of Liverpool and Manhattan. From Irish Ceilli to Beatlemania to African tea gardens Pat, in a swirling landscape of time traveling phantoms, learns to accept a new kind of love
Written and Directed by Anita Gonzalez with Richard Aellen, Annette Storckman, and Renee Rankin
Music Compositions and Lyrics: Tiye Giraud
Producer: Joel Bassin
Sound Design: Gerard Haughian
Lights: Kia Rogers
Costumes: Koni Rui
Video: Maduka Steady
Stage Manager: Yvette Steinman
Performers: Jenny D. Green, Beverley Prentice*, James Edward Becton*, Nathan Willis, Anna Frankl Duval, Tracy Willet, Jan DiPietro*
First performance: October 20th, 2011 at Dixon Place, New York City
Kickstarter Video by Nick Vannucci.
Use of the background sound, "McNally's Row of Flats" was graciously approved by composer Mick Moloney.
Budget will be used for rehearsal space, designer fees, sound recordings, props, postcards, and photo/video documentation.
Music, Dance, and Storytelling. Shakespearean entertainments, minstrelsy, vaudeville, musical theatre, jazz music, the Beatles Mersey beat, and Bristol Trip Hop. also Disco.
Ports and Pubs and Concert Stages.
Rory Gallagher, Drew Lovejoy, Ebony Hillbillies. Riverdance scenes, Annette Walker. Mick Moloney working with Griot Diabete form Mali.
A bi-national company of Black and Irish "traders" who exchange and tour songs, dances, stories, and histories.