I am thrilled to announce that I will be part of a project at the Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art called "On Trail: The Long Doorway". This project spans several mediums including film, a temporary set and living art installation, as well as live rehearsals featuring myself and an all-black, all talented cast.
As per the website:
"Deanna Bowen makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures in order to define the Black body and trace its presence and movement in place and time [...} This newly commissioned work takes as its starting point a 1956 CBC teledrama On Trial The Long Doorway by Canadian screenwriter Stanley Mann. The teledrama tells the story of a rising Black legal aide lawyer who is assigned to represent a young white student who has assaulted a fellow student/rising Black athlete playing out in locations across Toronto such as the Don Jail, the Court House and Roncesvalles. Bowen is interested in the screenplay as the piece is a rare dramatic work that deals with Black/white race relations in Toronto and in Canada; and the live to broadcast production featured her great uncle Herman Risby in a supporting role. Broadcast from the CBC’s Toronto studios there are no archived recordings of the teledrama; the script was found in Queen’s University while set drawings by CBC Art Director Nikolai Soloviov are housed in archives in Ottawa."
For more info on the project and out live rehearsals taking place Saturday's during the duration of the project please visit the Mercer Union website (click the post title to automatically take you there).