Robbie McCauley ’n Company
Emerson College, The Greene Theater
April 6-7, 2017
This two-day free and open to the public event honored Robbie McCauley for decades of making fearless, groundbreaking theatre and performance. Emerson College’s Greene Theater was transformed by guest performances, story circles, and conversation on community activism with a veritable who’s who of performance artists and distinguished scholars and critics.
Sleeping Weazel began a collaboration with Robbie in 2013 and it has been our great honor to work with her, especially on this event, bringing together the many artists she has influenced for a celebration of and through her unique vision.
here for HowlRound livestreams of the conversations, and the April 6th evening performance, listed below.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH
Convening introduction from Melia Bensussen (Chair, Performing Arts, Emerson College), Marshall Hughes (Director of Fine, Performing, and Media Arts, Roxbury Community College), and Charlotte Meehan (Artistic Director, Sleeping Weazel), followed by Robbie McCauley explaining the story circle model and how we will move through the two days primarily in this mode.
The Work (what and why we do what we do)
A story circle led by Robbie McCauley
12:00 – 1:00 pm
The Question of Beauty: Daniel Alexander Jones and Carl Hancock Rux introduce creative/performance panel to be joined by Kym Moore, Nicky Paraiso, and Pamela Sneed
1:00 - 1:15 pm
Magdalena Gómez reads from her work
2:20 – 2:30 pm
Djola Branner performs
Writer/Cultural Critic Cynthia Carr in conversation with Robbie McCauley and Jessica Hagedorn (on Thought Music)
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Innovators and Transformers: introduced by Jessica Hagedorn to be joined by Karen Finley, Holly Hughes, Robbie McCauley, Dael Orlandersmith, and Joanie Fritz Zosike
David Dower (Co-Artistic Director, ArtsEmerson) introduces the conversation about Sugar.
Robbie McCauley, Emerson professors Maureen Shea and Mirta Tocci, and Tara Brooke Watkins
Nicky Paraiso performs “Immigrants”
Performances by Karen Finley, Robbie McCauley & Jessica Hagedorn, Holly Hughes, Jomama Jones, Dael Orlandersmith, Carl Hancock Rux, and Pamela Snee
FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH
Scholar/Critic Alisa Solomon and Robbie McCauley in conversation
Robbie’s works in context: moderated by Charlotte Meehan
Becky Becker, Melia Bensussen, Robert Colby, Elin Diamond, Jennifer Griffiths, David Kyuman Kim, Kym Moore, and Tara Brooke Watkins
12:35 – 12:45 pm
Obehi Janice performs
Roxbury Repertory Theater: Color Conscious Casting
Investigating the Classics & Questioning Our Assumptions
Robbie McCauley will introduce this set of ideas to be joined by Kay Bourne, Marshall Hughes, and Mirta Tocci
Community in Action
Donna Bivens will introduce this section to be joined by Gail Burton, Paula Elliott, Robbie McCauley, and Juanita Rodrigues