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Alt Title(s): Roberta Uno
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Recorded at the Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina on August 7, 1991.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world' - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America's shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Alt Title(s): More than one prison
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2001.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world' - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America’s shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Hampden Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1992.
Synopsis: This is a promotional video featuring performers from the play ‘Miss Ida B. Wells,’ written by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, and directed by Roberta Uno. The performers discuss Ida B. Well’s political involvement with anti-slavery activism. They state that the purpose of the play is to bring light and attention to Ida B. Well’s political work. Roberta Uno points out how the play generates discussion a...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed in Amherst, Massachusetts, in June, 1998.
Synopsis: In ‘Looking In/To The Future,’ the New WORLD Theater worked with young people in the Khmer, Vietnamese, Latina/o, and African-American communities surrounding Amherst, Massachusetts to help them define their cultural identities through writing and theatre activities. In this final presentation of a workshop, the characters discuss their hopes for the future and their family’s expectations of them...
Alt Title(s): New WORLD Theater rehearsal residency
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed in the Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2001.
Synopsis: ‘I Was Born With 2 Tongues’ was created by the New WORLD Theater Residency, which brought young performers to explore their own artistic voice. In this rehearsal of a slam/spoken word performance, a group of talented young artists discusses the politics of trying to get roles as different body-typed people, and how racial identities might be a challenge. Moreover, their voices made us reflect upo...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Southwest Hampden Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1983.
Synopsis: ‘Do Lord Remember Me,’ directed by Roberta Uno, focuses on the memories of former slaves in Virginia. John De Jongh’s play was the perfect vehicle to bring together theater and music, with the collaboration of UMASS music professor Horace Boyer, and the participation of cast members from the community in Amherst. The memories of ex-slaves recorded in interviews in the 1930’s constitute the raw ma...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, on October 26, 1986.
Synopsis: Stephen Newby composed and conducted the Vocal Jazz and Afroamerican Ensemble in the gospel/jazz oratorio ‘Be Still and Know.’ With the direction of Roberta Uno, this performance stages the space of the church, and the choir’s voices, as site for political discussion on identity matters, given that the multicultural and multiracial ensemble melts musically in harmony. The chorus ‘Be still and kno...
Alt Title(s): Flying West
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Mount Holyoke Theatre in Amherst, Massachusetts, in October 1995.
Synopsis: ‘Flying West,’ written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Roberta Uno, is the story of a small group of African-American women whose lives changed when they decide to go to the West and settle in a new, rough region. In this encounter with a new environment, themes such as determination, racism, interracial marriage, feminism, pride, and freedom arise to offer a reflection upon how individuals, fami...
Alt Title(s): Raunchy Asian woman
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1996.
Synopsis: ‘R.A.W. (‘Cause I’m a Woman) is a short play written by Diana Son and directed by Roberta Uno. R.A.W. stands for ‘Raunchy Asian Woman,’ as the play intends to explore stereotypes about Asian woman, such as that of the geisha, the exotic virgin, or the suicidal Miss Saigon. An all Asian American women cast perform dance, music, and spoken word. Their voices address the politics between mixed raced...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, on November 15, 1996.
Synopsis: ‘Combination Skin,’ written by Lisa Jones and directed by Roberta Uno, explores the racial politics that has been imposed upon black individuals, proposing ‘Who says it's the black man’s burden to be black.’ Taking a look to historical figures and racial stereotypes, the conversations on stage go towards black skin tonality, discussing if ‘combination skin’ defines, or not, our own identities. Ev...
Alt Title(s): Art of becoming
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Recorded at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2001.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world'-one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America's shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the Nor...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, on February 6, 1998.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world' - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America's shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Recorded and performed in the United States in 2002.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a ‘new world’ - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America’s shifting demographics. From a geographic ‘outpost’ in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Hampden Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, on October 16, 1993.
Synopsis: Coatlicue Theater Company's ‘Blood Speaks’ deals with the pivotal role that religion played in the oppression and genocide of native people. In the course of the play the artists reclaim their voices and begin to rewrite history, in their own terms. This video documentation from 1993 features an early stage of Coatlicue’s theater career, where they were developing and strengthening their aestheti...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Recorded at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1996.
Synopsis: ‘New Works For a New World’ includes video excerpts of three plays featured by New WORLD Theater’s summer playlab program in 1996. ‘The Bodies Between Us,’ a solo performance by lê thị diem thúy, explores the politics of ‘mixed race’ and generational links through the female body. The piece is a reflection upon relationships with a tradition and racial and ethnic backgrounds as the legacy inherit...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre in South Hadley, Massachusetts, on February 3, 2000.
Synopsis: This is a video documentation of ‘Clothes,’ a play by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, which discusses complex topics such as racism, multi-cultural relationships, economic disparity, and arranged marriage, from an Indian-American perspective. The main character, Sumita, leaves India for the United States to marry a man she has never met before, and she expresses her anxieties about being exiled from ...
Location: Opening remarks given at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., on September 26, 2000, as part of the Second International Conference of the New WORLD Theater, titled "Intersection II", held from September 26-29, 2000.
Synopsis: From September 26 to 29, 2000 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, New WORLD Theater convened a major national and international gathering, ‘Intersection II,’ a conference/performance festival focused on interdisciplinary and intercultural theater work. ‘Intersection II’ included international participation, while examining innovative theater practice within community, and national a...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the Rand Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1994.
Synopsis: ‘Sheila’s Day,’ written by Duma Ndlovu, and directed by Roberta Uno, explores the troubled race relations between white employers and black domestic employees, and the many layers within structures of power – ‘Sheila’ is the name that the rich ladies use to call their household employees, because they claim that they cannot remember the women’s names. Every Thursday is ‘Sheila’s Day,’ when the do...
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed in Amherst, Massachusetts, on August 22, 1997.
Synopsis: In ‘Looking In/To The Future,’ the New WORLD Theater worked with young people in the Khmer, Vietnamese, Latina/o, and African-American communities surrounding Amherst, Massachusetts to help them define their cultural identities through writing and theatre activities. In this workshop final presentation, a group of young performers discuss their social, cultural, and class backgrounds. Speaking in...
Alt Title(s): Time capsule
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2000.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world' - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America's shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Alt Title(s): Umoja
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2000.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world' - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America's shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Alt Title(s): Ashy ankles
Collection Title(s): New WORLD Theater collection
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2000.
Synopsis: From 1979-2009, the New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a 'new world' - one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America's shifting demographics. From a geographic 'outpost' in New England, New WORLD Theater evolved from a community organizing project and the N...
Alt Title(s): Antígona, Antigone
Location: Performed at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., on September 26, 2000, as part of the Second International Conference of the New WORLD Theater, titled "Intersection II", held from September 26-29, 2000.
Synopsis: From September 26-29, 2000 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, New WORLD Theater convened a major national and international gathering, ‘Intersection II,’ a conference/performance festival focused on interdisciplinary and intercultural theater work. ‘Intersection II’ included international participation, while examining innovative theater practice within community, and national and ...