Theater "Once Upon a Time in the Bronx" by Melanie Crean & BronxWorks
Thursday, May 03 2012
6:30 am - 12:00 am
A collaborative visual story featuring teenage girls telling recreating their story of the Bronx
Artist Melanie Crean, working with Theater of The Oppressed NYC and high school students from BronxWorks, has developed a collaborative story telling project called Once Upon a Time in the Bronx, through which the students' personal stories can be told.
The project began by redesigning an existing story telling card game, originally featuring characters from fairy tales, to involve people and locations from the Bronx.
After rephotographing elements from the neighborhood and redesigning the card deck, the group used games to develop a story about race, gender and identity that they would develop as a Forum Theater performance. Such plays are usually about a real problem that the protagonist has not solved.
During the Forums, audience members join actors onstage to brainstorm alternative possibilities to overcome the discrimination faced by the characters.
Dates: Thursday May 3 at 6:30pm and Saturday May 5 at 3pm
Location: Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse
Press in the Village Voice: Once Upon a Time in the Bronx: Theatre of the Oppressed Explores Violence, Family Life - New York News - Runnin' Scared http://bit.ly/K0SEa