Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America

2014
Theater

About the Production

Inspired in part by the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and others, Collidescope is a prismatic exploration of the history of violence directed at African Americans from the Colonial Era to the present. Collidescope uses theater, movement, video projections and a collaged soundscape to create a collision course view of the legacy and psyche behind this history of violence in America. The conceptual conceit of the production is that this history would be examined by an intelligent alien species trying to make sense of this dilemma.

Following the premiere production, Ping Chong and Company created a new touring model that transforms the original Collidescope production into a flexible performance platform that can address racial history in communities around the United States, incorporating local historical events through documentary material, devised theatrical responses to recent community events, and personal experiences of individual performers.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived, Written and Directed by

Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks

Scenic Design

Lydia Francis

Lighting Design

Max Doolittle

Costume Design

Kara Waala

Projection Design

Jeffrey Dorfman

Movement and Character Coach

Leslie Felbain

Vocal Coach

Caroline Clay

Stage Manager

Jocelyn Knazik

Cast

Moraimo Akibu, Riley Bartlebaugh, Olivia Brann, Summer Brown, Joseph Graf, Philip Kershaw, Weling Li, Vaughn Midder, James Skaggs, Kyle Travers, Korinn Walfall, Christopher Walkup, Aidan Walsh and Jeffrey Dorfman

Performance History

Premiere

University of Maryland, College Park, MD (November 2014)

Partners

University of Maryland School of Theater, Dance and the Performing Arts

Funders

National Endowment for the Arts