Protest songs from across the generations.
Teens. The TEAM. Baby Boomers.
Two nights only.
Primer for a Failed Superpower is a concert featuring a massive band of teenagers, the TEAM, and Baby Boomers playing new and unexpected arrangements iconic protest songs from the past and present–songs that have celebrated and questioned what it means to be an American throughout our country’s past and present, and that exercise the muscles in our hearts and lungs for the challenges ahead.
The three-generation band includes 33 performers and musicians from across New York City and as far away as Texas–some veteran performers, and some taking the stage for the first time. The concert will also feature video interviews with activists from across the country–from an indigenous youth water protector at Standing Rock, to one of the co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, to a coal-country cultural worker in Virginia.
Collaborating composers include Heather Christian (Mission Drift), Justin Ellington (Fetch Clay Make Man), Jack Fuller (Ruse, Blown Away), Orion Stephanie Johnstone (I’ll Never Love Again), Amy León (Something Melancholy), Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby (Bone Hill), Stew & Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange), and Yva Las Vegass (I Was Born In A Place Of Sunshine And The Smell Of Ripe Mangoes).
The creative team includes Director Rachel Chavkin, Music Supervisor Stephanie Ryan Johnstone , Associate Director Zhailon Levingston, Music Director Nehemiah Luckett, Sound Designer Matt Hubbs, Lighting Designer Jake Heinrichs, Video Designer Stivo Arnoczy, Stage Designer Nick Vaughan, and Costume Designer Brenda Abbandandolo.
About The TEAM
The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based theatre ensemble dedicated to creating new work about the experience of living in America today. Since 2004, we have created 10 original and award-winning pieces of theatre, which have been seen at venues including the Public Theater and PS122 in New York, Boston’s A.R.T., the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Virginia Tech, London’s National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, and at festivals throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. theteamplays.org
PRIMER was initially commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival 2011 Fringe Prize, and developed with support National Theatre Studio, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, JACK, Sarah Lawrence College, BRIC, and SMU Ignite/Arts. It was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, the JMJ Family Fund, Off Broadway Angels, the Puffin Foundation, and the generosity of the following individuals:
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