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Comments for August Wilson Center - Front & Center http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org "Amplifying African American Voices" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:56:36 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7 hourly 1 Comment on The Real ‘Women of the Hill’ Talk by E. Michael Barnett MD http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=148&cpage=1#comment-401 E. Michael Barnett MD Thu, 07 Jan 2010 03:31:02 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=148#comment-401 As the husband of one of "The Women of the Hill" I was privileged to enjoy a close-up view of the project beginning with an ongoing report of the production process (courtesy of my wife, Charlene), the cast & crew potluck dinner in my home, culminating in the actual stage performance, and finally the opening night celebration. For me the experience was unexpectedly rewarding and enriching. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and talking with the five uniquely beautiful ladies, each profoundly qualified to tell this story. Their individual and collective public introspection would serve to dispatch much of the conjecture stigmatizing all women of color. Their performance was a beautiful familiarity for those who have "been there" as well as a vivid cultural and social illumination for the entire audience. As a bonus, I met Mr. Ping Chong and Mr. Talvin Wilks, the directorial battery, who applied their considerable talents and professional experience to grace the August Wilson Center stage with a fresh look at the saga of this city's women. Decades of mischaracterization and misunderstanding were challenged with the real stories told by the real women in a most entertaining and provocative verbal exchange. The overall performance was very cleverly executed and accompanied at times by tears, laughter and accolades from the audience; many of whom left at the conclusion with a renewed awareness of the past and a greatly improved perspective for the future. As the husband of one of “The Women of the Hill” I was privileged to enjoy a close-up view of the project beginning with an ongoing report of the production process (courtesy of my wife, Charlene), the cast & crew potluck dinner in my home, culminating in the actual stage performance, and finally the opening night celebration. For me the experience was unexpectedly rewarding and enriching.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and talking with the five uniquely beautiful ladies, each profoundly qualified to tell this story. Their individual and collective public introspection would serve to dispatch much of the conjecture stigmatizing all women of color. Their performance was a beautiful familiarity for those who have “been there” as well as a vivid cultural and social illumination for the entire audience.

As a bonus, I met Mr. Ping Chong and Mr. Talvin Wilks, the directorial battery, who applied their considerable talents and professional experience to grace the August Wilson Center stage with a fresh look at the saga of this city’s women. Decades of mischaracterization and misunderstanding were challenged with the real stories told by the real women in a most entertaining and provocative verbal exchange.

The overall performance was very cleverly executed and accompanied at times by tears, laughter and accolades from the audience; many of whom left at the conclusion with a renewed awareness of the past and a greatly improved perspective for the future.

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Comment on Explore the Unknown in 2010…You Just Might Like It! by AugustWilsonCenter - Connection » Blog Archive » Explore the … | Headlines Today http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=201&cpage=1#comment-382 AugustWilsonCenter - Connection » Blog Archive » Explore the … | Headlines Today Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:16:11 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=201#comment-382 [...] here:  AugustWilsonCenter - Connection » Blog Archive » Explore the … Share and [...] [...] here:  AugustWilsonCenter - Connection » Blog Archive » Explore the … Share and [...]

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Comment on The Real ‘Women of the Hill’ Talk by Brenda Tate http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=148&cpage=1#comment-360 Brenda Tate Mon, 04 Jan 2010 21:07:09 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=148#comment-360 Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be given the opportunity to share the experience of my childhood in the Hill District with so many people. Not only did the community get a glimpse into the lifestyles and experiences of six dynamic women, but people throughout the entire city were exposed to six personal perspectives of the Historic Hill District. The Producers/Directors, Ping Chong and Talvin Wilkes did an outstanding job of merging the individual expericences of six very different women into a cohesive and wonderfully intergrated common experience. From the very first day of the project rehersal, and as each women entered the room, the excitement grew with every entry. I was immediatly taken back to a time where you definitely knew you were in the Hill and were about to "get this thing started". I was blessed to be a part of this unique undertaking and this experience will be with me for a lifetime. Thanks PING & TALVIN, AWC and THE WOMEN OF THE HILL! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be given the opportunity to share the experience of my childhood in the Hill District with so many people. Not only did the community get a glimpse into the lifestyles and experiences of six dynamic women, but people throughout the entire city were exposed to six personal perspectives of the Historic Hill District. The Producers/Directors, Ping Chong and Talvin Wilkes did an outstanding job of merging the individual expericences of six very different women into a cohesive and wonderfully intergrated common experience. From the very first day of the project rehersal, and as each women entered the room, the excitement grew with every entry. I was immediatly taken back to a time where you definitely knew you were in the Hill and were about to “get this thing started”. I was blessed to be a part of this unique undertaking and this experience will be with me for a lifetime. Thanks PING & TALVIN, AWC and THE WOMEN OF THE HILL!

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Comment on One-on-One with Lalah Hathaway by Lalah Hathaway http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=41&cpage=1#comment-35 Lalah Hathaway Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:56:52 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=41#comment-35 [...] AugustWilsonCenter – Connection » Blog Archive » One-on-One with &#8... (blog.augustwilsoncenter.org) - September 10, 2009Not that I needed a reason to, but Lalah Hathaway has been on heavy rotation on my iTunes. What is it about Lalah that makes people from various walks of life flock to her like bees to honey? When I t… more Lalah Hathaway blog posts … [...] [...] AugustWilsonCenter – Connection » Blog Archive » One-on-One with &#8… (blog.augustwilsoncenter.org) - September 10, 2009Not that I needed a reason to, but Lalah Hathaway has been on heavy rotation on my iTunes. What is it about Lalah that makes people from various walks of life flock to her like bees to honey? When I t… more Lalah Hathaway blog posts … [...]

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Comment on One-on-One with Lalah Hathaway by Lalah Hathaway News | Worldwide News http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=41&cpage=1#comment-34 Lalah Hathaway News | Worldwide News Thu, 15 Oct 2009 06:00:33 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=41#comment-34 [...] AugustWilsonCenter - Connection » Blog Archive » One-on-One with ...Not that I needed a reason to, but Lalah Hathaway has been on heavy rotation on my iTunes. What is it about Lalah that makes people from various walks of life flock to her like bees to honey? When I told all of my musician and ... Read more [...] [...] AugustWilsonCenter - Connection » Blog Archive » One-on-One with …Not that I needed a reason to, but Lalah Hathaway has been on heavy rotation on my iTunes. What is it about Lalah that makes people from various walks of life flock to her like bees to honey? When I told all of my musician and … Read more [...]

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Comment on It’s Official…the August Wilson Center blogs! by Kelli Garner http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=24&cpage=1#comment-13 Kelli Garner Sat, 26 Sep 2009 19:39:49 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=24#comment-13 Great site, how do I subscribe? Great site, how do I subscribe?

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Comment on One-on-One with Lalah Hathaway by The "Friend" http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=41&cpage=1#comment-7 The "Friend" Thu, 10 Sep 2009 20:43:23 +0000 http://blog.augustwilsoncenter.org/?p=41#comment-7 LOVE IT............LOVE IT..................LOVE IT!!!!!!! I am looking forward to the concert! I know that Lalah is going to let us HAVE IT! LOVE IT…………LOVE IT………………LOVE IT!!!!!!! I am looking forward to the concert! I know that Lalah is going to let us HAVE IT!

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