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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Double Edge Theatre to preview new solo performance SUGA March 6-10

WHAT: SUGA solo performance
WHEN: Open Rehearsals: March 6-7 // Previews: March 8-10
WHERE: Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA


On March 6-10, Double Edge Theatre will preview its original solo performance SUGA, with the premiere slated for the Fall. The performance is conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe and directed by Stacy Klein. Travis, a DE Associate Ensemble Artist, began working on SUGA in 2016 as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Klein, DE’s Founder and Artistic Director, watched some of Travis’ early creative process and began working in dialogue together with Travis to develop the material and create this performance. It is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds—personal, artistic, societal, and political—one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself—as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run - toward Freedom.

Joining the team of SUGA are DE’s longtime design collaborator Michal Kuriata and company artists Tadea Klein (costume designer) and John Peitso (music director). The performance is inspired by the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, the paintings and sculptures of Zdzisław Beksiński, and the life and work of James Baldwin.

Travis Coe’s Statement 
“When I was a little chitlin’ my mother told me, my brother and my sister that “we could be any color flower we wanted to be. And that one day we were gonna to grow big, strong and beautiful.” And my sister said, “I want to be a yellow flower, or maybe a blue flower or maybe a red flower. Like the ones growing in our garden." I knew this conversation was in a dream because we didn't have a garden at my childhood home in New Jersey - only dirt with scatterings of cinderblocks, wood and steel on top of it. And my brother cried out, “Gurl! Make up your damn mind already. Listen, I’m content being a rotten brown flower.” And when it came to me I said “I want to all the colors. I want to be a rainbow of colors. I want to be everything.”

Stacy Klein - who I asked to direct SUGA - recently said to me that I was “a caretaker of my ancestral memory.” I loved that! It gave me a new lens to look at this work and continue journeying through this history with a deep care. To not be afraid to revive, reanimate and ultimately remix these memories and turn them into the alchemical materials to unlock a century of healing. To provide the ingredients for me and my future family to live our lives in an ever-changing and growing garden of freedom.

SUGA
Conceived, created and performed by Travis Coe
Directed by Stacy Klein

Open Rehearsals: March 6-7
Previews: March 8-10

Double Edge Theatre
948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA

For tickets and information visit www.doubleedgetheatre.org
(413) 628-0277

About Double Edge Theatre
Double Edge Theatre, an artist-run organization, was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Klein, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles, both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists through a long-term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours. Performance cycles include the Women's Cycle, the Song Trilogy, the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, The Chagall Cycle, and, currently, The Latin American Cycle, which is inspired by the music, dance and magic realism of the Americas. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice, a base for the ensemble’s extensive international touring, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convenings, greening and farming initiatives, and a popular indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle which takes place alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of the Center. The DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and outdoor performance areas, an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident and emerging artists and DE’s Artists Studio; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and set, costume, and prop storage. A vision of future facilities includes a public archive/gallery, a meeting space called Ohketeau (meaning to plant something, to grow), which gives primacy to the voices of Native youth, and a fully developed farm.

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