The Buffalo Project

The Buffalo Project

Synopsis

A performance written and directed by Robbie McCauley Robbie McCauley’s BUFFALO PROJECT in production. This collaborative theater work rooted in local race history will be the model for a series of similar projects in other cities by the nationally renowned performance artist which, 6 years later, is still ongoing. Commissioned and produced for Hallwalls by Ron Ehmke, in collaboration with members of Ujima Theater. Performances at Hallwalls, Polish Community Center (PCC), and Langston Hughes Institute.

 

Publication featuring this and other works, sponsored by Hallways Performance Center http://www.hallwalls.org/pubs/1990_6.7.RFS.pdf

Collaborators

The Arts Company, producer

Rene Armstrong; Africa Brown; Barry T. Burts; Diane Cammarata-Charlesworth; Laverne Clay; Tom Dooney; Emanuel Fried; Lorna Hill; Catherine Horton; Darleen Hummert; Fortunato Pezzimenti; Gerald Ramsey and Nelson Brown

Performances

1989-1990

 Publications

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The Other Weapon

Synopsis

Part of Primary Sources: A series of three works

Producer, The Arts Company

Collaborators

The Arts Company, producer

Performances

1990-94

  • The Vision Complex, Los Angeles
  • UCLA Little Theatre
  • Southland Cultural Center, Los Angeles
  • Hollywood Moguls, Hollywood

 

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Mississippi Freedom

Synopsis

Part of Primary Sources: A series of three works

From 1991-1994, The Arts Company worked with McCauley (a New York-based African American writer, performer and director) on a highly successful trilogy of new mixed media performance theatre works based on race relations in this country in the 1960s and 1970s in different parts of the US. All three works were made in close collaboration with localartists and grew out of stories collected from the local communities. The first in the series, “Mississippi Freedom, focused on the voting rights struggle and toured to seven locations in Mississippi in 1992 (we also toured to the 1993 Whitney Biennial in New York and to Houston in March1996); the second, “Turf”, (see above), was presented at four neighborhood locations in Boston in 1993; the third, “The Other Weapon”, centered on stories of the Black Panther Party and was seen at four locations in Los Angeles in 1994.

Collaborators

The Arts Company, producer

Performances

1990-94

  • Smith Roberts Museum, Jackson, MS
  • Tour of Western Mississippi

 

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Turf

Synopsis

“Turf: A Conversational Concert in Black and White.”

“Created by OBlE-award winning artist Robbie McCauley in collaboration with 11 Boston actors, singersand storytellers, “Turf” was a performance with issues of education, race, class in this country, using stories of the Boston school busing controversy in the 1970s as its starting point. Produced in June 1996 in association with WGBH Radio, Boston, ”Turf” was in distribution to public radio stations nationally; in Boston, Troy/Albany, Madison, Louisville and Amherst, “Turf”, and was coupled with live local call-in sessions with McCauley and some of her Boston collaborators. In November of 1996 “Turf” won an Achievement in Radio (A.I.R.) Award for Best Art or Cultural Events Coverage in Boston.” http://www.artistsincontext.org/index.php/about/the-arts-company.html

Part of Primary Sources: A series of three works

“From 1991-1994, The Arts Company worked with McCauley (a New York-based African American writer, performer and director) on a highly successful trilogy of new mixed media performance theatre works based on race relations in this country in the 1960s and 1970s in different parts of the US. All three works were made in close collaboration with localartists and grew out of stories collected from the local communities. The first in the series, “Mississippi Freedom, focused on the voting rights struggle and toured to seven locations in Mississippi in 1992 (we also toured to the 1993 Whitney Biennial in New York and to Houston in March1996); the second, “Turf”, (see above), was presented at four neighborhood locations in Boston in 1993; the third, “The Other Weapon”, centered on stories of the Black Panther Party and was seen at four locations in Los Angeles in 1994.” http://www.artistsincontext.org/index.php/about/the-arts-company.html

Collaborators

Connie Blaszczyk (producer), The Arts Company

Performances

Tour 1990-94

  • Boston Center for the Arts
  • Charlestown Working Theatre
  • Strand Theatre, Boston
  • South Boston Boys & Girls Club

Media

1996, Adaptation of TURF, WGBH Radio, Boston

1996, Adaptation of TURF,  Connie Blaszczyk (producer) with The Arts Company

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Pribehy/ So Has, So Hin (Stories/What Has been, What Is)

“A Workshop Script by Robbie McCauleyin collaboration with Ethela and Ilona Ferkova, Ondrej Gina, Margita Reiznerova, Hana Syslova, and Miroslav Mencl. First performed in Czech and Romany at the Roxy Experimental Space, Prague, October 12, 13 and 14, 1995.” A project of the Fund for New Performance/Video .  http://stories-exchange.org/performances/prague-october-1995/bohemia-feels-like-home/

Stories Exchange Project, Czech Republic 1994-1997

Collaborators

  • Ethela and Ilona Ferkova,
  • Ondrej Gina
  • Margita Reiznerova
  • Hana Syslova
  • Miroslav Mencl
  • Gary Keith Griffin – Cinematographer

Performances

Roxy Experimental Space, Prague

 

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