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Livestreaming amendment: the making of an american myrth, or the slow sipping of a peacock tea by Taji Senior

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Salvage Vanguard Theater presents amendment: the making of an american myrth, or the slow sipping of a peacock tea by Taji Senior on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at on Friday 21 August 2020 at 8:30 p.m. CDT (Austin, UTC -5) / 9:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7).

Salvage Vanguard Theater presents a new solo work by Taji Senior that examines America’s failed vision of a more perfect union.

We are all witnesses, judge and jury in the trial of Ma’Dear, a charming defendant accused of “sowing a seed of rebellion.” She launches into the play with a fiery opening argument and insists that while there is guilt to be had, it is not hers. She calls to the stand several witnesses, including Venida and Kalief Browder, Paul Robeson, Fred Hampton and others.

We come to understand that Ma’Dear is actually an enslaved woman standing trial for destruction of property after making and drinking, Peacock tea, an abortifacient used by enslaved women as a means of reproductive resistance during slavery. Ma’ Dear admits aborting her unborn child, but insists the true crime is the lie of the U.S. constitution and the illusion of freedom for Black people as outlined in its amendments. She refuses to be the matriarch of a lineage born and bound to a failed promise and outright lie.

Written and performed by Taji Senior

Directed by Si Mon’ Emmett

Stage Management by Valerie Johnson

Poster and Projection Design by Julia Zipporah

Dramaturgy by Tyler English-Beckwith

Choreography by Sadé M. Jones

Original Composition and Sound by Alwyn Robinson

Costume and Prop Design by Tanya Olalde

Videography by E.J. Enriquez

Lighting Design by Natalie George Productions

Technical Direction and Scenic Design by Zac Crofford

Production Management by Kate Taylor

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at 1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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