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The American Dream in Color at Roxbury Repertory Theatre

Roxbury Repertory Theatre’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning Death of a Salesman, frequently regarded by critics as the preeminent American play, portrays the demise of the American Dream through a prism of racial color.

“The American Dream is no longer dreamed in black-and-white,” says Obie Award winner Robbie McCauley, Artistic Director and Director of Death of a Salesman. “As I thought about this work, which Miller prophetically wrote at the dawn of the post-World War II boom of the white middle class, I was looking to cast the struggle of Willy Loman from a different, black American perspective. As the project evolved, it became clear that the dissipation of the white American Dream in an emerging America of color adds new texture to Miller’s masterpiece.”

A majority of blacks (55%) and Hispanics (52%) still believe in the American Dream, compared to a minority of whites (35%), according to a CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll (Aug-Oct 2015).

“The America Dream is the quintessential sales pitch Americans have bought since our nation began,” says Marshall Hughes, Director of Fine, Performing and Media Arts and Managing Director of Roxbury Repertory Theatre. “Is it alive, or dying, or changing? In an election year, we’re now bombarded with new versions of it. In some ways, we share an American Dream across raees; in other ways, our dreams couldn’t be more different. Since our society is our dreams, it’s a topic worthy of reflection.”

A multi-racial cast of actors dance through Willy Loman’s head to challenge audiences’ perspectives on the subject.

Performances are at the Media Arts Center’s Mainstage (Building 1), 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury across from the Roxbury Crossing T-stop.

Performance Dates: February 25 – 27 and March 3 – 5

Performance Times: Thursdays and Fridays 10AM and 8PM; Saturdays at 2PM

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors.

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“Wylie Avenue Views” by Barbara Lewis – Interview with Robbie McCauley, Award-Winning Actress – “Always Learning”, Part I

December 21, 2015

By Barbara Lewis, Ph.D.

Routes, a Guide to African American Culture

“This interview with Robbie McCauley, award-winning actress, inaugurates Wylie Avenue Views, a column about art and activism. Wylie Avenue is real and imaginary. It runs down the center of August Wilson’s ten play urban saga and it is forever alive, pulsing with music and ideas and new possibilities.”

 

 

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Jazz'n Class

2015 Elliot Norton Award Nominee for Outstanding Solo Performance

Celeste Oliva, Grounded (Nora Theatre Company); Benjamin Evett, Albatross (Mike Seiden and The Poets’ Theatre); and Robbie McCauley, Jazz ‘n Class (Sleeping Weazel) were nominated for the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. These nominees along with several others were announced by the Boston Theater Critics Association. “Winners to be revealed on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7 PM, at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre.”

Elliot Norton Awards | Nominees

 

Photo Courtesy of David Marshall, http://davidmarshallphoto.com

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From the Archives: Sally’s Rape

Marceh 24, 2015

By Colleen Daly

The Kitchen Blog

“Naked, posed unapologetically on an auction block, Robbie McCauley stood and called on the audience to hear the brutal tale of her great-great-grandmother Sally’s rape. “Bid ‘em in!” bellowed her performance partner Jeannie Hutchins. The audience shifted uneasily in their seats as the uncanny discomfort of history settled over them. Were they being asked to repeat after Hutchins – to implicate themselves in this reenactment of the slave trade? Hutchins urged the spectators to participate. Arms outstretched and fingers pointing, she reached to drag the words from the guts of a shocked audience. Behind her McCauley was still standing, tall and trembling, detailing exactly what Sally’s white master did to her those years back. “Bid ‘em in,” mumbled a smattering of viewers as McCauley’s hands flew across her body using the discarded dress to cover herself. Exposed, on display, asking spectators to claim her body, McCauley left the audience suspended in the afterlife of slavery and shaken by their own confusion and denial regarding the sexually violent legacy of the slave trade.”

 

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Black Theater in Boston: A Director's Roundtable

Black Theater in Boston: A Director’s Roundtable

WGBH “Basic Black”

8/20/2007

“Join three directors immersed in Boston’s dramatic arts scene — Jacqui Parker, Robbie McCauley, and Lois Roach — for a roundtable discussion on black theater and works that reflect the African American experience. Basic Black also looks at scenes from Parker’s Dark as a Thousand Midnights, a play that resonates with the themes of race, identity, history, and redemption.”

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Theater 32.1, Winter 2002

Up Front: American Theaters Reflect on the Events of September 11

Theater Volume 32, Number 1 8/20/2007

By: Emmy Grinwis, John J. Hanlon, Alice Rebecca Moore, Magda Romanska, Alexis Soloski, Oskar Eustis, Amy Huggans, Jim Findlay, Iver Findlay, Anna Deavere Smith, Richard Foreman, Blanka Zizka, Jiri Zizka, David Herskovits, Martin Benson, Rob Orchard, Jim Nicola, Robbie McCauley, Carey Perloff, Judith Malina, Hanon Reznikov, Jerry Goralnick, Megan Monaghan, Crystal Field, Martha Lavey, Lee Breuer, John Collins, Molly Smith, Doug Paterson, Roberta Uno, Karen Martenson, John O’Neal, Melanie Joseph, Dudley Cocke, and Bill Talen

http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/theater/v032/32.1up_front.html

 

 

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The Stories Exchange Projects…

Documentary of all phases produced by Gary Griffin.

Complete documentary available from

The Fund for New Performance/Video 175 West 73rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Excerpts from documentaries:

  • The Stories Exchange Project:Prague (in two parts)
  • My Way and His Way: The Stories Exchange Project available below

Videos | Stories Exchange Project

Copyright 2002 “The Fund For New Performance/Video”

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The Decade Show Performance Series: Robbie McCauley with Jeannie Hutchins

by New Museum Robbie McCauley and Jeannie Hutchins performance organized in conjunction “The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s,” an exhibition co-organized by the New Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. The performance was presented at the Dance Theater Workshop, Bessie Schonberg Theater.

Producer New Museum Audio/Visual sound, color

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