River See Workshops

Below is a list of River See developmental workshop experiments
Some were open to the public, some were not. Some included myself and SEE, some included additional cast members (cast size varied). Sometimes I composed with the audience and no cast.
Total rehearsal time varied, from none, to 3 hours, to two weeks.

These experiments have provided time, space, and resource centered on:
completing the River See performance/novel and performance script (which is excerpted from the performance/novel); discovering what it means to perform as Composer in the piece as it unfolds live; devising physical language that I can use to communicate composition instructions; experimentation with space/with reconstructing notions of what it means to make performance using technologies traditional to people of color; experiencing intersections of art, healing, science and
spiritual practice/based in Jazz.


2014 River See World Premiere @ Links Hall in Chicago 
A National Performance Network (NPN) Residency

River See Banner
Details HERE.

The Theater Offensive in Boston, MA.
River See NPN Residency is set for November 10 – 16, 2014
Performance dates TBA.

River See NPN Performance Residencies @
Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (Miami) and
Living Arts Tulsa TBA.


PAST Workshop/Experiments

#18. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in Miami.
I was in Residence/Writing 5/24/13-5/29/13
With Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – Dramaturge
You can check out an interview I did at Diaspora Vibe

Focus was on completing the script and planning meetings/for our upcoming workshop production.

#17. Black Lavender Experience 2013. Brown University.
Sharon Bridgforth Writer/Composer With The Audience.
7 PM. April 6, 2013. Rites and Reasons Theatre, George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space, Churchill House 156 Angel Street, Providence, RI.

#16. MAP Fund Workshop Production at Pillsbury House Theatre
Pillbsbury House Theatre (MLPS)
With Support From The MAP Fund
April 13 – April 21, 2013
PHT 2013
River See @ Pillsbury House Theatre
Photo Credit: Michal Daniel
Written and Composed by Sharon Bridgforth
Witness: Virginia Grise
Dramaturge: Nia Witherspoon
Lighting Designer: Michael Wangen
Environment Designer: Eyenga Bokamba
Prop Designer: Kellie Larson
Costume Designer: Clare Brauch
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth R. MacNally
Producing Directors: Faye M. Price and Noel Raymond
Featuring: Sonja Parks, Kenna-Camera Cottman, Bro. Heru (William Harris) aka Truth Maze, Leah Nelson, Mankwe Ndosi, and Aimee Bryant.

#15. Links Hall in Collaboration with University of Chicago Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, The Theatre School at DePaul University and The Ellen Stone Bellic Institute For The Study of Women And Gender In The Arts And Media Columbia College Chicago
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer
Emily Morse – Dramaturge
Sonja Parks – See
Nia Witherspoon – Singer/Witness
Featuring: Iya Fatola Osun Adesanya-Kerr, Marie Casimir, Senyo Ador, Brian K. Thrower, Eden Sabala, Nadia Chana, LaTonya Brown, Elizabeth Davenport, Viktor Le, Nani Ramaknshnan. Shu Shubat – Singing Bowls. Epic Arts (Choir): Robert Walker, Trina Chaney, Corey McDonald, Velvet Gunn.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Company Members: Kathleen Purcell Turner, Joshua L. Ishmon, Adriene Patrice Barber, Artistic Director Kevin Iega Jeff.
Stage Manager: Megan Bero.
Links Hall @ RockChapel
Photo Credit: Mathew Gregory Hollis, curtesy of Links Hall
@ UoC Rockefeller Chapel
Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago
5850 S Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL
3/1/13 @ 7:30pm
Open to the public

Read the Liner (program) Notes by Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones HERE.

Deeply Rooted Dance Company & River See from Sharon Bridgforth on Vimeo.

This video features Kevin Iega Jeff, Artistic Director of Deeply Rooted Dance Company, speaking about River See at experiment #15.

#14. Presented by Black Studies Suite UT Austin and allgo with support from the NPN Creation Fund.
University Of Texas at Austin @ Anna Hiss Gym
February 23, 2013 4PM. Free. Open to the public.
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – Witness
Featuring: Florinda Bryant, Lyndon Gill, Ni’Ja Whitson, Seyi Adebanjo, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Charles Anderson, Matt Richardson, Chery Tshepo, M’Bewe Ninoska Escobar and DeAnna Howard. Stage Manager: Natalie Goodnow.

#13. Presented by The Theater Offensive
3PM – 4PM on Saturday January 26th and Sunday January 27th, 2013
United South End Settlements/Harriet Tubman House
566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA.
(Boston’s South End, at the corner of Columbus and Mass Ave)
theater offensive
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer.
Djola Branner – SEE.
Robbie McCauley – Witness.
Nia Witherspoon & Misha Chowdhury – Singers.
Featuring: Antonieta Gimeno, Anzel Miller, Camille Owens, Christina Marin, Christina Twicken, Justice Williams, Kaamila Mohamed, Lise Brody, Nancy McGee, Nyx Zierhut, Serge Rosiles, Sheldon Brown, Siobhan Brown, TJ Johnson, Wendy Kinal, Zohar Fuller.

#12) Links Hall in Collaboration with South side Community Art Center and The Theatre School at DePaul University.
12/5/12 & 12/6/12 7PM
Open to the public.
River See December 2012 Experiment
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer. Sonja Parks – See. Featuring: Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, JeNae Taylor, Armand Field and Deeply Rooted Dance Company Members: Joshua Ishmon, Kathleen Turner and Adriene Barber
Post show talk Facilitator: Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
@ South Side Community Art Center
3831 South Michigan Avenue. Chicago, IL.

#11) Pillsbury House Theatre (MLPS)
11/07/12 3PM (invited audience)
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer. Sonja Parks – See. Featuring: Mankwe Ndosi & Aimee Bryant – Singers. With: Mire Regulus, Molly Van Avery and Rebecca Frost! Photos by Chrys Carroll.

#10) New Dramatists/Creativity Fund
9/14/12 2PM & 9/15/12 1PM
At New Dramatists: 424 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
2 RS ND 2012 .jpg
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer. McKenzie Frye – See.
Featuring: Virginia Grise, Ni’Ja Whitson, Katrina De Wees,
Shelah Marie, Seyi Adebanjo, Nia Witherspoon.
Jen Schiller – Stage Manager

#9) Links Hall with Deeply Rooted Dance Company and Columbia College Dance Center
4:30PM 9/4/12 & 9/6/12
At The Dance Center of Columbia College
1306 South Michigan Avenue, Studio 202, Chicago, IL
Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – See.
Featuring: Joshua L. Ishmon, Adrienne Barber, Marie Casimir and Carmenita Peoples.

#8) Poetry for the People Party!
Saturday, May 26, 2012 • 6:00pm
Hosted by E. Patrick Johnson & Stephen Lewis
Chez Vincennes, Chicago, IL.
Sharon Bridgforth Writer/Composing with the audience.
On program with E. Patrick Johnson, Marvin K. White, C. C. Carter, Tim’m West and Javon Johnson.

#7) The Theatre School at DePaul University (Lincoln Park)
2135 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL. 60614
Sponsored by Links Hall
2PM-3PM April 20 & 21, 2012

Sharon Bridgforth – Writer/Composer. Sonja Parks – See
Featuring: Onye Ozuzu, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Ni’Ja Whitson and Carmenita Peoples. With Krenee Tolson, Lydia Brown, and Amandi Pate on 4/20 and with Celeste Cooper, and with Tiffany Oglesby on 4/21.
(Photo Credit: Mark Corece)

#6) Feminist Action Project Conference
8PM March 31, 2012, @ Utopia Theatre, School of Social Work
University of Texas Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX, 78712

Sharon Bridgforth Writer/Composer
Florinda Bryant – SEE. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – Movement.
(Photo Credit: Bret Brookshire)

#5) P.O.W. W.O.W. Inc.
@ The Jeffery Pub, 7041 S. Jeffery Ave. Chicago, IL.
Tuesday March 13, 7:30 pm. $5.
Sharon Bridgforth Writer/Composing the audience.
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones – See

#4) Produced by Links Hall &
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
November 10, 2011 7PM-9PM
The University of Chicago. Bartlett Hall

Sharon Bridgforth Writer/Composing with the audience.
Sonja Parks – See
(Photo Credit: Celeste Cooper)

#3) New Dramatists (closed reading) Playwrights Lab, NYC
March 23 & 24, 2011
Daniel Alexander Jones – See.

#2) John L.Warfield Center for African and African American Studies,
University of Texas at Austin.
February 20, 2011 6:00 PM
Winship Drama Building Room 2.180
Sharon Bridgforth Writer/Composing with the audience.
Florinda Bryant – See.

#1) John L.Warfield Center for African and African American Studies,
University of Texas at Austin.
February 20, 2010 8:00 PM
Winship Drama Building Room 2.180
Sharon Bridgforth Composing with the audience.
Florinda Bryant – See.

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