Created by Radical Evolution Performance Ensemble, with contributing text by Eugenie, folk songs, stories, and movement weave together in this theatrical concert to celebrate the untold stories of a multicultural workforce from a pivotal moment in history—the building of the US rail system—and how their labor has had a lasting impact on the world we live in today.
I'm delighted to join writers Beto O'Byrne (lead), Reginald Edmund, Rebecca Martinez, and Jay B Muskett on this joyous celebration of American railroad workers. I wrote about Lei Ten, a laborer from the Toisan/Taishan region of Guangdong, China, who journeys to California in the 1860s to heroically dig and blast tunnels through the Sierra Nevada mountains to build the Transcontinental Railroad.
For more on these stories of indigenous, African American, immigrant Irish. Chinese, and Latinx workers , click on The Working Theater.
How Do Patrons, Community Partners, and Peer Theaters Want to Experience Theater in a Changing Public Health Environment?
ECTP's Covid Impact Response Survey
At the very end of 2020, ECTP had just finished a devising process via Zoom to develop a digital version of The Truer History of the Chan Family, something we envisioned our audiences could safely view online. Since we could no longer present a live performance during the Covid-19 pandemic, we pivoted to a virtual one. We were about to go into production when the January 2021 Covid-19 surge hit. Ugh. We decided to postpone until the public health landscape became safe to create again.
But when would that be? What kind of health and safety protocols could we expect? Would audiences return? If they did return, what kind of theater experience would they want?
To answer these questions we went to our best source: our community. In August 2021 we emailed surveys tailored to three core groups: our Patrons, Peer Producers, and Community Partners. You will see our overarching takeaways and our detailed analyses in the reports that follow.
We're delighted to be able to share our findings with you. Feel free to download the ECTP Patron Survey, ECTP Community Partner Survey, or the ECTP Peer Producer Survey below.
Thank you to all who responded with such generosity and candor to our questions. Special thanks to the Ronald H. Epstein Foundation and the Phyllis C. Wattis Covid Relief Fund for their support. And a special shout out of appreciation to survey specialist, Shauna Satnick, whose superb analyses power our findings.
INSURRECTION presented four perspectives on the Jan 6, 2021 attack on the US Congress and was written by four playwrights myself, Giovanni Rodriguez, Tanya Shaffer, and Michael Gene Sullivan. The live streamed experience was directed by Giovanni Rodriguez and produced by Remote Theater, a digital theatre company that creates compelling work on issues that affect American society today. The show ran free-to-the-public from January 6 (the anniversary!) - 23, 2022.
My contribution, "Bright Orchid," is based on an interview with my mother Helen Chan about the event. I think it's really important that we hear a viewpoint from an elder (a centenarian!) and a Chinese American -- a voice we rarely hear.
"Bright Orchid" opens the play. Like my mom, it's compact but with a lot of impact because she is a woman of impact.
For info on Insurrection contact Remote Theater at firstname.lastname@example.org