Mercury Festival Calendar

Date: TBD

Schedule

June 1

Wednesday

1 Play Reading

5 Short Film Screenings

7:00 pm

The Great God of the Dark Storm Cloud

Mercury Festival Calendar

by Josie Seid

A contemporary retelling of the Greek tragedy Hecuba as told from an African American perspective, integrating modern themes and concepts. A principal, haunted by a school shooting, uncovers a series of unthinkable crimes and conspiracies…and is pushed toward taking a shocking act of revenge.

9:00 pm

Film Festival

Mercury Festival Calendar

Featuring short films produced during ART’s Mercury Company including two premieres with PHAME.

 Running Mind (Crystal Kralian)

Title TBD (Brian Peccia)

Jacinta’s Magical Traveling Theatre (Blanca Forzan)

See Me (Dawn Jones Redstone, Aki Ruiz, Josie Seid, Vin Shambry, Kisha Jarrett)

Forget Me Not, America (Josie Seid)

June 2

Thurs

1 Play Reading

5 Short Film Screenings

7:00 pm

Sabor

Mercury Festival Calendar

by AnaSofía Villanueva

Sabor is a story of a mixed-race Latina, Clara, in search of her place within the elite culinary world and among her relationships. Warning: this production contains explicit adult content. 

9:00 pm

Film Festival

Mercury Festival Calendar

Featuring short films produced during ART’s Mercury Company including two premieres with PHAME.

 Running Mind (Crystal Kralian)

Title TBD (Brian Peccia)

Jacinta’s Magical Traveling Theatre (Blanca Forzan)

See Me (Dawn Jones Redstone, Aki Ruiz, Josie Seid, Vin Shambry, Kisha Jarrett)

Forget Me Not, America (Josie Seid)

June 3

Fri

1 Play Reading

5 Short Film Screenings

7:00 pm

Why This Night

Dan Kitrosser

by Dan Kitrosser

Written by award-winning screenwriter (We the Animals) and playwright, Dan Kitrosser, Why This Night is a new play based on his screenplay, a screwball murder-mystery comedy set in a Russian shtetl in the 1880s.

9:00 pm

Film Festival

Mercury Festival Calendar

Featuring short films produced during ART’s Mercury Company including two premieres with PHAME.

 Running Mind (Crystal Kralian)

Title TBD (Brian Peccia)

Jacinta’s Magical Traveling Theatre (Blanca Forzan)

See Me (Dawn Jones Redstone, Aki Ruiz, Josie Seid, Vin Shambry, Kisha Jarrett)

Forget Me Not, America (Josie Seid)

June 4

Sat

2 Play Readings

1 Artists Panel (TBD)

2:00 pm

Refugee Rhapsody

Yussef El Guindi

by Yussef El Guindi

Sakinah, an Arab American woman, undergoes a mental health evaluation to determine what led to the violent crime she committed against Emily, a rich heiress. The play explores race, class, privilege, and how those factors collide and play out in today’s culture.

TBD

Artists Panel

TBD

Join the discussion with the artists of the Mercury Festival.

5:00 pm

Beheading Columbus

Diana Burbano

by Diana Burbano

 Beheading Columbus follows two sisters down a trail of DNA deception and makes them face race and colorism in the Latinx community and in their own family.

June 5

Sun

2 Play Readings

2:00 pm

Fight Call

Yussef El Guindi

by Sarah B. Mantell

Fight Call is a love story told through the fight calls for every one of Shakespeare’s female death scenes. This project exposes the toll this Shakespearean trope takes both on the actors who reenact it, over and over, and on the audiences for which this violence becomes normalized. Over the course of the play, we follow the relationships between collaborators who spend their lives recreating the work of a man they will never meet.

5:00 pm

Sodara

Diana Burbano

by Derek Kolluri

Diana Burbano

by Deven Kolluri

Sodara follows two cousins, STU and SOL, who are seeing each other for the first time in years. STU, a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology, is finally beginning to gain acceptance by commodifying elements of his lost culture in his academic pursuits. SOL, a former marine struggling to find meaningful connection in civilian life, and mired in the violent trappings of PTSD, pins his hope for acceptance on his estranged best friend and cousin, STU. Both men are fighting to be accepted as Indians in America. In our fight to be accepted in a world that doesn’t seem to want us, are we destined to become the monster we seek to destroy?

Warning: this production contains strong racist language.

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