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SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 11, 2021 – PRLog — BEYOND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY SFBATCO PRESENTS INAUGURAL
TWO-DAY “NEW ROOTS THEATRE FESTIVAL” OCTOBER 16 & 17 GIVING VOICE TO LEGACY & EMERGING BIPOC ART
A significant end to the week encompassing “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” is the beginning of something new, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company’s (SFBATCO) two-day BIPOC themed “New Roots Theatre Festival.” Presented at Brava Theater Center in the historic Mission District, October 16-17, 2021, it will consist of eight performances for theatre audiences to enjoy in adherence to San Francisco’s Coronavirus safety protocols.
With theater venues shut down world-wide for more than a year due to the deadly pandemic, SFBATCO co-founders Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. and Marcelo Javier have mounted a lively creative comeback. The New Roots Theatre Festival is an opportunity for legacy theatre companies and emerging artists to share their BIPOC POVs. It brings to life resilience, joy and diversity, and makes them relatable to all.
“The whole world is a stage, but for more than a year the world of theater has been shuttered. Marcelo Javier said, “It’s wonderful to work with these amazing arts organisations to give voice and the stories of those communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.” This festival is a multi-cultural performing arts incubator that amplifies artists from the Bay Area. The world is invited see and hear the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) during the two-day festival. “
The projects representing the “new” in ‘New Roots Theatre Festival’ is first and foremost the festival itself along with Jamie Zimmer, Joanna Haigood and Laura Elaine mounting Sign My Name to Freedom: The Unheard Songs of Betty Reid Soskin (The Oldest Living National Park Ranger turned 100 on September 22, 2021 (https://conta.cc/3kA9QJE)); SFBATCO South Asian American playwright Aidaa Peerzada’s “Shining,” a reimagined Afro-futurist take on the Greek myth of Phaeton, and SFBATCO’s own Othello Jefferson, Jamie Yuen-Shore, and Christine Chung and the revival of “I,Too, Sing America. “
The “roots” of the festival are represented by performances from the Cuicacalli Ballet Folklorico that infuses Indigenous, Folkloric, and Contemporary dance styles; The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre; AfroSolo; PUSH Dance; and the African-American Shakespeare Company. The festival’s “roots”, however, include new works like “In the Evening by the Moonlight” by Margo Hall (artistic director of the theatre) and Traci Tolmaire (writer based in Chicago). It’s about civil rights activists, artists Lorraine Hansberry and Nina Simone who were close friends.
“It is a thrill to bring together so many talented actors and arts organizations under one roof at the Brava Theater Center in our diverse and historic Mission District of San Francisco,” said Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., co-founder of SFBATCO. “The New Roots Festival is the perfect exclamation point for our company that began seven years ago in September 2014. This collaboration is akin to our country’s motto, “E pluribus Unum”: Out of many, one. “
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