SWOPERA :: Behind The Scenese of the Spoken Word Opera

Swopera tells a contemporary story of gentrification, one family's efforts to save their business, in light of changing community dynamics, and finding unexpected leadership in the youngest member of the family, Lem.

SWOPERA: A Spoken Word Opera

Location: The Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre on the University of Tennessee’s Campus

About:  SWOPERA: A Spoken Word Opera is the next production in Carpbetbag Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebration. SWOPERA tells a contemporary story of gentrification, one family’s efforts to save their business, Lowell’s Soulfood Cafe, in light of changing community dynamics, and finding unexpected leadership in the youngest member of the family, Lem. The text is delivered in spoken word poetry and rhyme, accompanied by elements of hip-hop and soul.

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Youth Theatre Festival

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: TBD

About:  Every year we celebrate the young artists in our community by equipping them with inspiration, mentorship, and tools. The festival is a multi-track, multi-level theatre arts emporium for students from ages 5 – 18.

Gomela

 

Location: Clayton Center for the Arts

About:  Gomela is based on hope, survival, courage and the resilience that exists in the face of oppression. It is about the heartbeat of a people that will never die, the culture and traditions that continue to evolve, grow and survive the test of time. It illuminates Place Matters— gentrification and the Right of Return of New Orleanians displaced after Katrina; and Black Lives Matter—the beauty and resilience of black people, past and present.

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Red Summer

Location: The Bijou Theatre

About:  WWI ended in 1919. Black men who served felt they deserved the full rights of citizenship and higher social status in return for their patriotic service. Meanwhile, lunch mobs murdered 78 African-Americans, ten of whom were veterans. East Tennessee was a place where a trade group proclaimed: “There are no Ku Klux Klan outrages here. We are a distinct and peculiar people.” Red Summer is a drama based on events that occurred during the racially charged Summer of 1919. It tells the story of a model African American community unable to escape the horrors of mob violence. “In the early hours of Saturday morning, August 30, 1919, a young white woman, Bertie Lindsay, was shot and killed in the bedroom of her home. Before dawn, a black man had been arrested and charged with the crime.

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50th Anniversary "Un" Gala

Location:  The Mill & Mine

About: More info coming soon!

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