Talking about what it means to be human with Amina Henry

Libby Emmons was kind enough to interview me!

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When I heard that Amina Henry was starting her own theater company I was thrilled. I’ve been a fan of her work since actress Cate Bottiglione brought her in to work on the Sticky series, with her play Bride at Midnight in 2011. Her play An American Family Takes a Lover, at Theatre for the New City last year, is on my top ten performances of all time list, and at present, I can’t even remember the other nine.

Amina’s got an indiegogo campaign going for her new project– Hunter John and Jane— with her new theater company– The Table— so I thought we should talk about it.

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Why did you decide to start a theater company? We’ve talked about playwright as producer before, and how essential it is for playwrights to be their own advocates. What made you take the leap?

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I decided that I…

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DUCKLINGS Development Reading @ National Black Theater, Monday, January 12, 2015

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Table Theater, founded by playwright moi, is presenting a new play about gender, sexuality and the American Dream: it’s called Ducklings.

Ducklings tells the story of four finalists competing for the Dance Hall Queen of Pittsburgh title. Led by entrepreneurial hustler Spider, Ducklings explores the complexity of gender and sexuality within an American capitalist system. Is ‘twerking’, or some other version of female sexuality as spectacle, empowering to women, or degrading? Is the American Dream accessible to everyone?

The workshop reading of Ducklings will take place at:

NATIONAL BLACK THEATER

2031 5th Ave, New York, NY

JANUARY 12, 2015, 8 pm

FREE ADMISSION

Direction by Christopher Burris

Choreography by Joya Powell

Featuring

Clinton Lowe

Tracey Lee

Toccarra Cash

Victoria Wallace

and more TBA

Would you like to donate to our IndieGogo campaign? It’d be cool if you did.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ducklings-development-reading/x/155292

HUNTER JOHN AND JANE Workshop Reading @ The Brick, January 2-3, 2015

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Table Theater, founded by moi, is raising money to develop a new play about humanity and discard, Hunter John and Jane. 

“Hunter John is a bum who lives in the park. He hates litter. He drinks too much. One day he is befriended by the ghost of a dead prostitute who entreats him to help her find her bones so that she can have a proper burial. Through elevated text and stark imagery, Hunter John and Jane explores the boundaries of humanity.”

In this time of increased violence and a growing sense of alienation due to technology and the media, how can humans remain connected to what it means to be human? What does it mean to be human? How can we continue to see value in human life?

The workshop reading of Hunter and Jane will take place at:

THE BRICK

579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

JANUARY 2-3, 2015, 7 pm

FREE ADMISSION

http://www.bricktheater.com/

Would you like to donate to my modest IndieGogo campaign? I will be your best friend.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hunter-john-and-jane-workshop-reading/x/155292