August 22 + 23 | Roulette | Brooklyn

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#TEAMprimer Morning Commutes

Four members of #TEAMprimer share snapshots from their journeys to rehearsal.

Em Watson (digital content producer)

“My commute video after I thought I had videoed an empty platform having Just missed a train 😊” – Meliora Dockery (performer)

Brittany Coyne (company manager)

 

Jake Margolin (performer)

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 10

Chief Arvol Looking Horse – “Address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions”

Read by Joan Henry

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, appointed at the age of 12, he is the youngest person to hold this responsibility. He is widely recognized as the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux Tribe. This speech was given to the Spotlight of Indigenous People’s Plenary at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, an annual convening of the world’s religious and spiritual communities.

Matakeh oyasee apetuklee chate watche petusaplee.

It is the highest honor to be here. Are we having fun? We come from the heart of mother earth, chesappa, the black hills of South Dakota, there we do many ceremonies. This is where the White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the sacred pipe 19 generations ago. Every generation is over 100 years. That’s how old our elders were. They lived that long and today I am the 19th generation keeper of the Sacred Pipe. Read More

Jerry Goralnik’s Trip to Rehearsal

The day starts with some espresso.

Then I have to pick the hat to wear for the day.

Out the door onto the street in Brooklyn.

Past the vendors to the subway.

The 2 and 3 into rehearsal.

Listening to the sound files and following along with the music.

Out at 34th street.

Where I’m greeted by tour guides.

Down 34th street where I’m greeted by American advertising of the good life.

And pass by the real life.

Past 520 Eighth Ave. where a lot of us in the show go to audition for jobs.

To the corner of 37th Street where the rehearsal studio is.

Past some advertising for Coca-Cola, a company that funds death squads in countries where they get their raw materials.

Stopping in the grocery store to pick up something for lunch.

Where I meet one of my favorite people, Jake Margolin, another performer in the show.

“Ordinary Life” 

Lyrics:

Our Ordinary Life
We eat and sleep and breathe
In a park below your bank

Police are on the stairs and you can never leave

When the dead and dying in your business plan
Find out how extraordinary their life is.
You will eat, you will sleep, there is a way that we can breathe.

#Speech4Breakfast: Day 9

Fannie Lou Hamer – Testimony at the DNC (1964)

Read by Vickie Washington

CONTENT WARNING: This speech contains graphic depictions of physical and sexual violence, and racist language.

*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.

Mr. Chairman, and to the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O. Eastland, and Senator Stennis.

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