It was a devastating process, but early in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that the responsible thing to do was to postpone the exciting “Eco-Justice” season we had curated, along with “ENSEMBLE: Seeding the Future,” a conference/mini-festival we were co-hosting with a group of Valley theater ensembles and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.
Instead we gathered digitally to continue our practice of presenting performance with post-show discussion and offering artist training workshop. We were also doing the work to necessary sustain Ko Theater Works and the Ko Festival of Performance, looking rigorously inward and outward to address issues of racial injustice, access and equity, and working hard our nurture and support our community of artists, both local and national
Video-on-Demand of our Zoom event from June 2020 about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Post-show discussion includes DARYL DAVIS, noted for his work convincing Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK. Closed Captioning Available.
Situated in the fictional Museum of Conveniently Forgotten History, “The Magic City Massacre” tells the story of one of the most prosperous black communities in the history of the United States, how Tulsa came to be the site of the worst incidence of civil unrest second only to the Civil War, and why almost one-hundred years later, most Read More
a devised theatre production by SERIOUS PLAY THEATRE ENSEMBLE written by ERIC HENRY SANDERS, with music by JONNY RODGERS, directed by SHERYL STOODLEY, designed by ROBIN DOTY, lighting by SABRINA HAMILTON with KERMIT DUNKELBERG, XIMENA CALDERÓN, WILL SWYERS
Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival, Associate Producer
LIVE for a limited audience, ages 12 and up, at APE@Hawley, Northampton MA
ONLINE, with closed captioning available.
During a pandemic exacerbated by threatening storms, three apartment dwellers are thrown together in an existential struggle hinging on their personal stances on climate change and a developing water crisis. Zara, Pakistani immigrant and Read More
With a partner sickened by electro-hypersensitivity (a.k.a. “microwave sickness”) Mirin has become part of a landmark suit against the FCC. During the pandemic he’s felt compelled to transform what could be an earnest public health lecture into a fun and compelling dive into the opposing forces of corporate profit vs. public safety. Created for the web, Mirin's eco-justice mockumentary is like theatre…but flatter! After raiding his son's Lego stash...
with JUANITA ROCKWELL FOR 2021, 2 NEW 2-DAY VERSIONS OF THIS ONLINE WORKSHOP WILL BE OFFERED MAY 15-16 & AND JULY 10-11, WITH AN ADVANCED TRAINING JULY 18-19. More info coming soon.
The world is begging us to find new ways of being together, being in the world, being creative, being with ourselves. In this online workshop, you will learn contemplative practices of body, energy and mind, and how to integrate them with writing prompts structured to undo restrictive habits of writing and thinking. Together, these new habits can become a daily practice of access to the stillness and Read More
with GERARD STROPNICKY, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Dates TBA
Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or… Read More