An all new episode of Uncommon Voices starring Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner André De Shields in a reading of Kevin R. Free’s A Hill on Which to Drown, directed by Zhailon Levingston, will stream on Wednesday, April 8 on the ALL ARTS STREAMING APP, YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK at noon, The program will air at 9pm on the ALL ARTS BROADCAST CHANNEL.
Hadestown star André De Shields performs this stunning new play about an African American man who, on his death bed, leaves his legacy by staking claim to his own history as a gay man.
This new series from ALL ARTS, co-produced by En Garde Arts Artistic Director Anne Hamburger and four-time Emmy winning television producer Jesse Green, highlights new theatrical work by artists using their craft to explore the most important issues we are facing today, from climate change to immigration, homelessness to identity politics. Interviews with playwrights, directors and performers combined with excerpts of new theatrical work in its earliest stages of development, peels back the curtain on the birth of theatrical ideas.
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André De Shields (Performer) is celebrating a half-century in theater and at the age of 73 he won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the role of Hermes in Anais Mitchell’s HADESTOWN. He also recently received the Actors’ Equity Foundation’s 2019 Richard Seff Award; the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award; and a Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office. www.andredeshields.com/
Kevin R. Free (Playwright) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work as an actor, writer, director, and producer has been showcased and developed in many places, including the Moth Radio Hour; Project Y; the Queerly Festival (of which he is now the curator), and The Fire This Time Festival, where he served as Producing Artistic Director, winning an Obie for his work in 2015. Full-length plays: Night of the Living N-Word!! (Overall Excellence in Playwriting, FringeNYC 2016); A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (Eugene O’Neill Semi-Finalist 2013); AM I DEAD? (Commissioned by Flux Theater Ensemble); and The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, or TRIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS. Twitter: @kevinrfree kevinrfree.com
Zhailon Levingston (Director) co-founded #WORDSONWHITE, an arts and activism campaign and is an artist-in-residence for Columbia Law School. Selected Credits: Neptune (Dixon Place; Brooklyn Museum); The Years That Went Wrong by David Zheng (The Lark); Chariot part 2 (SoHo Rep for The Movement Theatre Company). He was the associate director Runaways at The Public with Sam Pinkleton and is now the associate director for Primer for a Failed Super Power with Tony winner Rachel Chavkin.
Jesse Green, Longfellow Films and Anne Hamburger, Artistic Director, En Garde Arts are Executive Producers. Jesse Green is Director.
For ALL ARTS Elizabeth Svokos is Multimedia Producer. Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiro are Executives in Charge.
About ALL ARTS
ALL ARTS is breaking new ground as the premier destination for inspiration, creativity and art of all forms. This new arts and culture hub is created by WNET, the parent company of New York’s PBS stations. With the aim of being accessible to viewers everywhere, ALL ARTS programming – from digital shorts to feature films – is available online nationwide through allarts.org, the free ALL ARTS app on all major streaming platforms, and @AllArtsTV on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. New York area TV viewers can also watch the 24/7 broadcast channel. For all the ways to watch, visit allarts.org/everywhere.
Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and The Agnes Varis Trust.
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create, and World), and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education, and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW, and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.
About En Garde Arts
Founded by Anne Hamburger, En Garde Arts is a nationally recognized not for profit theatrical production company whose central purpose is to commission and produce theatre with social change at its core. Its upcoming production Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) is premiering at La Mama on February 10th and touring all five boroughs followed by a tour across the country. Written by Andrea Thome with direction by Jose Zayas and music composed and performed by Sinuhé Padilla, it tells the story of undocumented immigrants coming together on the night of an ICE raid in New York City. In 2019 En Garde launched a new series called Uncommon Voices where developmental readings are presented once a month in front of a live audience. For more information go to: engardearts.org
About Jesse Green, Longfellow Films
Jesse Green is a four-time Emmy Award-winning television producer, filmmaker, and director with nearly two decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Production credits include Cash Cab, Rachael Ray, Dr. Phil and Broadway Sandwich. His production company, Longfellow Films, was founded in 2017. For more information go to: longfellowfilms.com
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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