Thursday, April 6th and Friday, April 7th, 2017

Artist Celebration!

Paul Marotta, Boston Globe

Emerson College’s Performing Arts Department and Office of the Arts & Sleeping Weazel


Robbie McCauley ‘n Company: a convening in performance

This two-day free and open to the public event honors Robbie McCauley for decades of making fearless, groundbreaking theatre and performance. Emerson College’s Greene Theater will be transformed by guest performances, story circles, and conversation on community activism with a veritable who’s who of performance artists and the distinguished scholars and critics who write about them.

Please see full schedule below.

Sleeping Weazel began a collaboration with Robbie in 2013 and it is our pleasure to be working with her again, bringing together the many artists she has influenced for a celebration of and through her unique vision.

Emerson College’s Greene Theater
Tufts Performance & Production Center
10 Boylston Place, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

This event is free and open to the public


10:30 am

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.

10:45 am
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

2:30–3:15 pm
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

4:35–5:00 pm
David Dower (Co-Artistic Director, Arts Emerson) introduces the conversation about Sugar.
Robbie McCauley, Emerson professors Maureen Shea and Mirta Tocci, and Tara Brooke Watkins

5:15-5:30 pm
Nicky Paraiso performs “Immigrants”

8:30 pm
Performances by Karen Finley, Robbie McCauley & Jessica Hagedorn, Holly Hughes, Jomama Jones, Dael Orlandersmith, Carl Hancock Rux, and Pamela Sneed


10:30 am
Scholar/Critic Alisa Solomon and Robbie McCauley in conversation

11:30 am
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

1:45 pm
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

3:00 pm
Community in Action
Donna Bivens will introduce this section to be joined by Gail Burton, Paula Elliott, Robbie McCauley, and Juanita Rodrigues

Sleeping Weazel explores and engages novel approaches to developing, presenting, and exhibiting new art—multimedia theatre, interdisciplinary installations, performance events, music, poetry, and video/audio. Based in Boston and fanning out virtually across the globe via the cyber art gallery, our work crosses and confounds the boundaries of “mainstream” and “avant-garde” as well as boundaries between art forms.