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gunshot medley

written by Dionna Michelle Daniel

 
 

a new play coming to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe

August 4 - 28 @ 14:45

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DO YOU HEAR THE GUNSHOT MEDLEY?

playwright, Dionna Michelle Daniel, weaves together generations of stories through poetry and song to respond to the insensitive usage of the Confederate Flag after the Charleston church massacre.

 

This new play collides the Antebellum south with the present day to weave a rich history of the African-American experience. Daniel conjures together spoken word and live music in her play to give the fullness of the Black experience from her North Carolina roots, and ultimately speaks against the insensitive use of the Confederate Flag in her communities after the Charleston Church Massacre.

In the play, three slaves—Betty, Alvis, and George—are stuck in perpetual twilight on some space of Carolina soil where they feel the repeated oppressions of systemic racism in America. Numbed by the continuous loss of Black lives, each character grapples with their own death and the pain of witnessing history repeat itself. An ever present fourth character, the High Priestess of Souls, an incarnate of the Yoruban goddess Oya, awakens each character to their condition. She uses spellbinding songs to rouse each character and incite social change. Betty, Alvis, and George must confront the need to answer her call and their fear of what it means to do so.

Daniel extracts her characters from real slaves that died in North Carolina before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. She found their graves on a walk she had through her hometown reflecting on the experience of the Church shooting. This overwhelming feeling of responsibility, this call to action, came upon her to tell the story of these souls, to tell the story of her people and of herself against the landscape of America today. GUNSHOT MEDLEY breathes life into words that have to be heard and have to be shared to understand the struggle of Black people in this country.

 

Dionna Michelle Daniel

DIONNA MICHELLE DANIEL is a new American playwright, actress, and vocalist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, currently pursuimg her BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. A strong-willed, passionate, artist with southern charm, she blends her love of poetry and song to provide a theatrical experience like no other. As a true southern girl who spent most of her life in western North Carolina, her writing tells stories of home. Her work addresses social and political issues surrounding the African-American experience through mediums of theater, music and spoken word. She tells stories of those who have been silenced and exposes the viewer to the purveying social injustices and inequalities permeating out community. Although her work centers around Black bodies and Black voices, her powerful voice and nuance words are felt from people of all backgrounds. She believes in education through art, in its power to reach hearts and change minds indefinitely. Her goal is not to offer solutions, but to pose many questions in hopes of starting a dialogue with her audience. Through these conversations, the real change begins. In her latest work, Gunshot Medley, she blends Southern mysticism and Antebellum themes to comment on the expendability of black lives.

 
 
 

Morgan Camper (Betty)

Morgan Danielle Camper grew up in Baltimore Maryland where she received dance training since the age of three. She graduated from The Baltimore School for the Arts with a concentration in theatre performance and continued her studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre. As a professional actress Morgan has performed in many plays, most recently Bound and Gagged (Washington DC) and Waldy Street, which toured in Atlanta, GA. Morgan has taught acting and dance at Belmont elementary school, and was the competitive dance coach of Mergenthaler VocationalTechnical High School. Morgan has also recently captured a feature role on TVone’s “For My Woman”. She is a MFA 2 actress at Calarts and is currently working on “The Hendrix Project” directed by Roger Guinevere Smith. She currently teaches acting for the CAP CABLE program and has joined the cast of“ Lets Talk Sex Work” set to tour Summer 2017. She is extremely excited to play Betty in "Gunshot Medley" and would like to thank God her friends and family for their support.


darius booker (George)

Darius R. Booker first began his acting journey at Clark Atlanta University where he was given the opportunity to meet and work with professionals Spike Lee, Jasmine Guy, Eric J. Little, and Freddie Hendricks. He transferred to Clayton State University where he finished completing his undergraduate studies and received his B.A in Theatre Arts. During his matriculation he studied mime ministry, dance choreography, and stage combat. In 2014 he participated in the Unified Residency Theatre Auditions (U.R.T.A) with the help of his mentor Shontelle Thrash. Since his acceptance and time at CalArts he has been honored and humbled to work with Lisa Gay Hamilton, Deborah Acquila, as well as his professors and mentors. This artist seeks to locate truth and purpose about characters for a deeper understanding of human connection. After graduation Darius, will be traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland along with other CalArt’s students in a production titled: “Gunshot Medley”. Ultimately he is thankful for his time here at CalArts and is honored to be receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree from such a prestigious institution. He looks forward to working commercially in television, film, and voice over work between Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX.


derek Jackson (Alvis)

Derek Jackson, a Boston native, was most recently seen as Jason in Body & Sold at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Other credits include but are not limited to: two seasons as Diallo in A Crack in the Blue Wall (IRNE Nomination); The Colored Museum (Capital One Main Stage), Dark as a Thousand Midnights (Calderwood Theater); Fences, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing (Buckley Performing Center for the Arts); Hair, Ragtime (The Company Theatre); The Wedding Singer (Title Role, Paramount Theater); The Medicine Man (METG Award, Back Bay Theater); Love by the Bolt, Exit the Body (Black Box Theater); Fat Pig (New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts) and A Raisin in the Sun (Wang Theater). Currently obtaining his B.F.A. in Acting at the California Institute of the Arts Derek feels extremely blessed to be making his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut as Alvis in Gunshot Medley! He is very thankful to be accompanied by an incredibly committed group of both crew and cast members! Special thank you to Dionna, for her vision and direction.

Samantha Brounstein - Stage Manager Samantha Brounstein was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been involved with the theater for over ten years and has worked in everything from community theatre to professional. Starting with singing lessons, Samantha jumped into musical theatre, training in singing, acting, and dancing. After Graduating from the Las Vegas Academy of The Arts with an Acting and Technical Theatre diploma, she moved to Los Angeles to begin her stage management degree from The California Institute of The Arts and is currently a sophmore. She has been lucky to have been able to work on with this team and is very excited about attending this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival with GUNSHOT MEDLEY and to pursue more theatre opportunities around the world.   

Samantha Brounstein - Stage Manager

Samantha Brounstein was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been involved with the theater for over ten years and has worked in everything from community theatre to professional. Starting with singing lessons, Samantha jumped into musical theatre, training in singing, acting, and dancing. After Graduating from the Las Vegas Academy of The Arts with an Acting and Technical Theatre diploma, she moved to Los Angeles to begin her stage management degree from The California Institute of The Arts and is currently a sophmore. She has been lucky to have been able to work on with this team and is very excited about attending this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival with GUNSHOT MEDLEY and to pursue more theatre opportunities around the world. 

 

Alex Grover - Scenic Designer Alexander Grover is a Scenic Designer and Visual Artist with work featured in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. Alex's previous selected design and devised work includes: KOLOB (The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance), Jackie, (CalArts), COBBLEFUCK STONETOWN (California Men), Caroline Island (CalArts), house/HOME (BODYART), The Amish Project (New Repertory Theatre), Muckrakers (New Repertory Theatre), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Manin-the-Moon Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance). Previous selected production work includes Bikeman: A 9/11 Play (Off-Broadway), The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic/PBS). A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Technical Production, Alex is a MFA candidate in Scenic Design at California Institute of the Arts.  

Alex Grover - Scenic Designer

Alexander Grover is a Scenic Designer and Visual Artist with work featured in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. Alex's previous selected design and devised work includes: KOLOB (The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance), Jackie, (CalArts), COBBLEFUCK STONETOWN (California Men), Caroline Island (CalArts), house/HOME (BODYART), The Amish Project (New Repertory Theatre), Muckrakers (New Repertory Theatre), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Manin-the-Moon Marigolds (Boston Center for American Performance). Previous selected production work includes Bikeman: A 9/11 Play (Off-Broadway), The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic/PBS). A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in Technical Production, Alex is a MFA candidate in Scenic Design at California Institute of the Arts.

 

Chardonnay Tobar - Costume Designer Chardonnay comes to The Gunshot Medley after Costume Designing for Peer/Gynt (2017), Kolob (2017) and the first iteration of The Gunshot Medley (2016) and assisting on The Glass Mountain (2016), HamletMachine (2015), and Dead Awaken(2015) at CalArts. Other recent credits include Costume Design for Booth (2017) and Dead Ringer (2016), Costume Design and Props on Spectre’s Hollow (2016), and Set Dresser and Construction on The Parlor of Oddities 2: Spectre’s Hollow (2016) with Model05 Productions. She has a BFA in Fibers from The Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Costume Design from CalArts.

Chardonnay Tobar - Costume Designer

Chardonnay comes to The Gunshot Medley after Costume Designing for Peer/Gynt (2017), Kolob (2017) and the first iteration of The Gunshot Medley (2016) and assisting on The Glass Mountain (2016), HamletMachine (2015), and Dead Awaken(2015) at CalArts. Other recent credits include Costume Design for Booth (2017) and Dead Ringer (2016), Costume Design and Props on Spectre’s Hollow (2016), and Set Dresser and Construction on The Parlor of Oddities 2: Spectre’s Hollow (2016) with Model05 Productions. She has a BFA in Fibers from The Oregon College of Art and Craft. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Costume Design from CalArts.

 
Jesse Fryery - Lighting Designer JESSE FRYERY Jesse is a Los Angeles based lighting designer. He received his MFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the University of Florida. Previous designs include Shelter (CNP), Bayou Blues (EdinburghFringe Festival), and Second Woman (Bootleg Theatre). Shelter, written by Marissa Chibas and directed by Martín Acosta, was featured in the LA Times and on NPR (National Public Radio.)

Jesse Fryery - Lighting Designer

JESSE FRYERY Jesse is a Los Angeles based lighting designer. He received his MFA in Lighting Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from the University of Florida. Previous designs include Shelter (CNP), Bayou Blues (EdinburghFringe Festival), and Second Woman (Bootleg Theatre). Shelter, written by Marissa Chibas and directed by Martín Acosta, was featured in the LA Times and on NPR (National Public Radio.)

Sam Sewell Sam Sewell is a proud Masters graduate from CalArts' Theatre Program. She has worked on a variety of productions both at CalArts and in and around Los Angeles. Her Los Angeles sound design credits include; 'Shelter: Una obra sobre travesías' at Plaza de la Raza, and 'The Other Woman' at The Bootleg Theatre. She is thrilled to be in Edinburgh representing CalArts and looks forward to meeting all of the fabulous artists in the fringe.

Sam Sewell

Sam Sewell is a proud Masters graduate from CalArts' Theatre Program. She has worked on a variety of productions both at CalArts and in and around Los Angeles. Her Los Angeles sound design credits include; 'Shelter: Una obra sobre travesías' at Plaza de la Raza, and 'The Other Woman' at The Bootleg Theatre. She is thrilled to be in Edinburgh representing CalArts and looks forward to meeting all of the fabulous artists in the fringe.

Kris Rahamad - Violinist Kris Rahamad, violinist, violist, composer, and conductor recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from California Institute of the Arts in May of 2017. He has been playing Violin since the young age of 5 and has stayed committed to his passion to making music for the past 17 years. It wasn’t until his time at CalArts that he took up playing the Viola and his composition studies with mentors Mark Menzies(DMA), Andrew McIntosh, Nicholas Deyoe and Sara Cubarsi. Kris made his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, both as a composer and as a performer in 2014 on Pomegranate Jam (dir. Evangeline Crittenden & Megan Lewicki). During his participation as co-composer and performer on Pomegranate Jam, Kris’ composing/playing was described by Fest Magazine as, “A ghostly original score, from composer David Aguila and Violinist Kris Rahamad, serves the action better than… narration ever could.” Fest Magazine 2014. Currently, Kris resides in Pasadena, California where he performs as a freelance musician and performs regularly with his newly co-founded chamber orchestra EnsembleVómma.  

Kris Rahamad - Violinist

Kris Rahamad, violinist, violist, composer, and conductor recently received his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from California Institute of the Arts in May of 2017. He has been playing Violin since the young age of 5 and has stayed committed to his passion to making music for the past 17 years. It wasn’t until his time at CalArts that he took up playing the Viola and his composition studies with mentors Mark Menzies(DMA), Andrew McIntosh, Nicholas Deyoe and Sara Cubarsi. Kris made his Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, both as a composer and as a performer in 2014 on Pomegranate Jam (dir. Evangeline Crittenden & Megan Lewicki). During his participation as co-composer and performer on Pomegranate Jam, Kris’ composing/playing was described by Fest Magazine as, “A ghostly original score, from composer David Aguila and Violinist Kris Rahamad, serves the action better than… narration ever could.” Fest Magazine 2014. Currently, Kris resides in Pasadena, California where he performs as a freelance musician and performs regularly with his newly co-founded chamber orchestra EnsembleVómma.