Colloquy Collective presents theatrical works in contexts that both examine and redefine those works' relationship to the identity politics, historical baggage, and community representations of patrons and participants.
As part of New Brooklyn Theatre's READ REVIVE RECLAIM seriesm Colloquy Collective presented a reading of a little-known Zora Neale Hurston work, Cold Keener (1930). This work is a revue of nine skits that challenge the minstrelsy movement of the period. In it, Hurston incorporates African American folklore, political commentary, and humor to upend traditional representations of African Americans in drama. More information can be found here.
In partnership with New Brooklyn Theatre and the Bed-Stuy Alive Festival, Colloquy Collective presented a reading of a volatile Ntozake Shange work, A Photograph: Lovers In Motion. From the pen of the Bed-Stuy-based author of For Colored Girls…, A Photograph: Lovers in Motion is a play about commitment: an artist’s commitment to his work, a woman’s commitment to a man, a dancer’s commitment to her spirit. The artist’s photographs become the permanent records of fleeting moments when those commitments collide. More information can be found here.
Wine in the Wilderness Alice Childress had a successful reading in October 2012 in preparation for its fully-staged production. This under-produced play was well received by new audiences and proved a lightning rod for a dynamic talk-back. When Wine in the Wilderness was officially staged from March 7 - 17, 2013, it received a great reception throughout the production run. Photos are available here.