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TheatreUSF hosts Carpetbag Theatre, Inc

The Carpetbag Theatre Inc.

From Keryl McCord, Managing Director of Alternate ROOTS, about the USF experience:
"Reading the report, seeing the website, and looking at the video, it feels like this particular part of the project may establish a benchmark beyond which you only want to get better.  In terms of community engagements this one is very right, very deep.

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc is pleased to be collaborating with the USF School of Theatre and Dance for this week in residence at USF.  As well as rehearsals in the Theatre Centre, members of the company will be guest teaching in several classes over their week in residence including Improvisation with USF students and students from Learning Gate Middle School and Directing, and conducting a Story Circle Workshop with Scene Study and Advance Scene Study – discussing with the students The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.’s  technique of using personal stories, digital media, sound and original writings to make theatrical works.  The TheatreUSF students will also be involved in the rehearsals of Speed Killed My Cousin as technical crew and support. 

This residency is co-presented by Art2Action Inc., with support from the Alternate ROOTS Community/Artist Partnership Program.  USF School of Theatre and Dance is excited to be involved in this partnership and have this company in residence. 

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, is a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Their mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community, helping culturally specific communities to re-define how they organize.  The company works in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, leaders and people who are simply concerned, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song.

As part of this project, The Carpetbag Theatre, Art2Action, and USF Theatre Prof. Fanni Green have also been giving theatre workshops for veterans, in collaboration with the Tampa VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center (PRRC).


Alternate ROOTS "Rhizome"-- Community Gathering & Open Mic
Wednesday, October 2, 8:30-10 PM @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House, FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

For artists, performers, cultural workers, arts supporters, and community partners.  Come learn about Alternate ROOTS, a regional service organization for artists & organizers in the U.S. South, and how you can get involved!  Mingle with ROOTS founders, Carpetbag Theatre ensemble members, local artists & more.  Share your creativity, network, and get inspired! 
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Open Rehearsal of Speed Killed My Cousin
Saturday, Oct 5, 7-9 PM @ USF Department of Theatre (TAR 120)

Speed Killed My Cousin is a timely, moving new play about an African American woman soldier who returns from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The story unfolds as Debra, the main character, drives down the Long Island Expressway (L.I.E.) in New York.  As she struggles with flashbacks and memories, she tries to talk with her father about his experiences in the Vietnam war, and is visited by his cousin -- a Vietnam veteran who died mysteriously in a car crash shortly after his return.  She also remembers her mother, and the women she left behind in Iraq, some of whom did not survive.  Ultimately she must decide whether to let go of the wheel, or to choose life. 
(NOTE:  This multimedia presentation includes strong content & language.) 

By Linda Parris-Bailey
Directed by Andrea Assaf
Visual & Media Design by Melody Reeves
Performed by The Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble, with Ashley Wilkerson

An original Carpetbag Theatre production, commissioned by Junebug Productions, Mason-Rhynes Productions, and the National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund program.  Available for touring Fall 2012 - 2014.

LIMITED SEATING for invited veteran caregivers, support staff, USF students & community partners. 
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Veterans' Open Mic
Sunday, Oct 6, 6:30-9 PM @ Sacred Grounds Coffee House

For veterans, family members, supporters & allies.  October's monthly Veterans' Open Mic will be co-hosted by special guest Linda Parris-Bailey, Artistic Director of The Carpetbag Theatre and playwright of Speed Killed My Cousin.  Free Admission.  1 drink minimum (coffee/tea/etc).  No firearms or weapons allowed.

The Carpetbag Theatre's Tampa Residency & programming for the veteran community is made possible by Alternate ROOTS, Art2Action Inc., The Carpetbag Theatre Inc., USF Department of Theatre, and Mason/Rhynes Productions.


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