con flama is a blues based/jazz performance script. It is a migration story. Blues in it’s sensibility and history. Jazz in it’s composition and non-linear exploration of time. Set in Los Angeles in the 1940s –1970s, con flama gives voice to a Black queer gurl’s coming of age story/and the people that shape her reality and dreams. The gurl’s life journey unfolds as she makes her way through the cultural landscape of Los Angeles on the bus.
More about con flama HERE.
Buy the ebook HERE.
I am really grateful for an amazing experience working on River See at Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS) 11/7/12 featuring: Sonja Parks, Mankwe Ndosi, Aimee Bryant, Mire Regulus, Molly Van Avery and Rebecca Frost! Photos by Chrys Carroll. More HERE.
This Master Class offers rigorous training, community engagement, audience development and the opportunity to expand current pools of connection.
Bridgforth will direct a core group of local artists in the process of bringing an excerpt from River See to life. After a short rehearsal, there will be a public sharing in which audiences will be called to respond as witness participants. A perfect opportunity to invite people from different traditions, backgrounds and experiences to come together, to participate in an improvisational process. One that requires we listen. Are Present. Extend ourselves.
Touring Party: 2 (Bridgforth and 1 actor)
Length of Residency: Varies (2 Day Minimum).
Includes: Local casting, open rehearsal, a public sharing and talk.
More about River See HERE.
lawdymercy I wrote a play in 25 minutes!!! Okay/well I wrote a piece of a play in 25 minutes. But I DID IT! It was terriorizing/pressurizing/and sho’ly triggered my crazy gene…but man I’m so proud/so happy I did it.
First of all/I wasn’t alone. Other New Dramatists family that were in on the writing maddness include: Tanya Barfield, David Greenspan, John Guare, Sarah Hammond, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Ives, Sibyl Kempson, Qui Nguyen, Daniel Reitz, J.T. Rogers and Jenny Schwartz. We were lovingly cheered on by staff, board, other playwrights and ND supporters. Once the scripts were pried from our hands, Top notch directors, along with some of the best actors in NYC bought the pieces to life (with a total of 15 minute of rehearsals). By 10ish (PM) everyone in the building witnessed the plays.
It was a thrilling ride. One I am so happy I said yes to. Especially since the event helped New Dramatists raise more than $50,000!! $WOOTWOOT$$!
More about New Dramatists and Nocturnal Commissions HERE.
I am thrilled to say that I wrote/performed the track titled, “Love”
on Jimmy Lopez’s new World Sound Traveler CD!!
Now available on iTUNES!
(Photo Credit: Celeste Cooper)
These photos are from:
A Laboratory Experiment/Excerpt of River See
Produced by Links Hall & The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
November 10, 2011 7PM-9PM. The University of Chicago. Bartlett Hall
Featuring: Sharon Bridgforth as Conductor (Conducting the audience)
Sonja Parks as See
Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to make this event happen/to
all who showed up in support of this work-in-progress/experiment!
SONJA AND I HAD A GREAT TIME!
I have a piece in this book! WOOHOO!
LGBTQ writing from Chicago featuring poetry, memoir, fiction, and essays by Edmund White, Achy Obejas, Sharon Bridgforth, Brian Bouldrey, E. Patrick Johnson, Carol Anshaw, David Trinidad, Mark Zubro, Kay Barrett, Coya Paz, C. C. Carter and many others!
Windy City Queer will hit the stands November 2011. More HERE.