Event Photo Universes | Black Panthers | Young Lords

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Thu, Mar 14 | 7pm

The James and Martha Duffy Performance Space 
at the Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Universes | Black Panthers | Young Lords

The Live & Outspoken series will feature Universes in conversation with Ericka Huggins, a former member of the Black Panther party, and a member of the Young Lords with excerpts from their new play Party People, a theatrical performance commissioned as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle.

About the Artists: William Ruiz a.k.a NINJA, UNIVERSES Theater Company Member

Core member of UNIVERSES - Playwright/Actor. Theater credits include: Party People (Directed/Developed by Liesl Tommy); Ameriville (Actor; Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); Slanguage (Actor; Directed/Developed by Jo Bonney); Jack Kerouack’s Ti-Jean Blues (Adapted/Directed by JoAnne Akalaitis); Nicole Quinn’s Tree Tails (Directed by Shelly Wyant); Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Directed by Nick Jones); Anthony Rivera’s Latin Howel (Directed by Todd A. Jackson); Nicky Cruz’s Run Baby Run (Directed by Chris Fredricks, Houston Astro-Dome, TX); and Waiting for Gordo (Playwright/Director - Adapted from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot). Awards/Affiliations: 2008 Ambassador of Culture: U.S. State Dept. and Jazz at Lincoln Center - Rhythm Road Tour; Founder of InVerso (poetic/musical collective based out of Puerto Rico); Member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) - UNIVERSES; BARD College, BA ’89 - Theater - where he studied under the tutelage of JoAnne Akalaitis and Elizabeth Smith. He also studied poetry with Bob Holman. Publications: UNIVERSES-The Big Bang (2013 release - TCG Books).

Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, UNIVERSES Theater Company Member

Co-Founder and core member of UNIVERSES - Playwright/Actor/Vocalist. Theater credits include: Party People (Directed/Developed by Liesl Tommy); Ameriville (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); The Denver Project (Director Dee Covington); One Shot in Lotus Position (Director Bonnie Metzger); Blue Suite (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); Rhythmicity (Directed by Steven Sapp); Slanguage (Directed/Developed by Jo Bonney); The Ride (Directed by Steven Sapp); Alfred Jarry’s UBU:Enchained (Director Steven Sapp). Awards/Affiliations: 2008 Ambassador of Culture: U.S. State Dept. and Jazz at Lincoln Center - Rhythm Road Tour; 2008 TCG Peter Zeisler Award; 2006 Career Advancement Fellowship from the Ford Foundation through Pregones Theater; 2002-2004 and 1999-2001 TCG National Theater Artist Residency Program Award; BRIO Awards (Bronx Recognizes its Own-Singing); Co-Founder of The Point CDC; Board Member (National Performance Network - NPN); Former Board Member (Network of Ensemble Theaters-NET); New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect; BARD College, BA ’92 - Literature/Language. Publications: UNIVERSES-The Big Bang (2013 release- TCG Books); Slanguage in The Fire This Time (TCG).

Steven Sapp, UNIVERSES Theater Company Member

Co-Founding and core member of UNIVERSES - Playwright/Actor. Theater credits include: Party People (Directed/Developed by Liesl Tommy); Ameriville (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); The Denver Project (Director Dee Covington); One Shot in Lotus Position (Director Bonnie Metzger); Blue Suite (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); Slanguage (Directed/Developed by Jo Bonney); Director- Rhythmicity (Director/Actor); The Ride (Playwright/Actor/Director); The Architecture of Loss (Assistant Director to Chay Yew); Will Powers’ The Seven (Director-The Univ. of Iowa); Alfred Jarry’s UBU:Enchained (Director-Teatre Polski,Poland). Awards/Affiliations: 2008 Ambassador of Culture: U.S. State Dept. and Jazz at Lincoln Center - Rhythm Road Tour; 2008 TCG Peter Zeisler Award; 2002 TCG National Directors Award; 2002-2004 and 1999-2001 TCG National Theater Artist Residency Program Award; 1998 and 2002 BRIO Awards (Bronx Recognizes its Own-Performance); Van Lier Fellowship w/ New Dramatists; Co-Founder of The Point CDC; New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect; BARD College, BA ’89 - Theater. Publications: UNIVERSES-The Big Bang (2013 release- TCG Books); Slanguage in The Fire This Time (TCG).

Aaron Dixon, Former Black Panther Party

Aaron Dixon was co-founder and captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party and was aide to party officials in Oakland, California.  He has worked with at-risk youth for over 20 years in the Bay Area and Seattle.  He ran as Green Party candidate in the 2006 Senate race.  He is the founder and director of Central House, a non-profit that provides both transitional housing to homeless youth and leadership training for students in Seattle’s schools.  He lives in Seattle, Washington, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ericka Huggins, Former Black Panther Party Member

Ericka Huggins is an educator, former Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, human rights activist and poet. For over 30 years Ericka has lectured in the United States, and internationally, on the restoration of human rights, Restorative Justice, whole child education, and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change. She offers relaxation and resiliency skills in elementary/secondary schools and community organizations as well as juvenile and adult prisons and jails. Ericka is currently a professor of Sociology at Laney and Berkeley City Colleges.

Jose (Cha-Cha) Jimenez, Young Lord

Jose (Cha-Cha) Jimenez is a community organizer, researcher, and founder of the Young Lords Movement. Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1948, Mr. Jimenez was raised in Chicago. His family was among those to be forced from their homes by successive waves of urban renewal and gentrification that displaced thousands of the Puerto Ricans, Mejicanos, other Latinos, working-class and impoverished families and their children from Chicago’s downtown and lakefront neighborhoods in the 1950s and 1960s. On September 23, 1968, Mr. Jimenez launched the Young Lords Organization to challenge these forced displacements and to demand self-determination for communities in the barrios and Puerto Rico using the slogan, “Tengo Puerto Rico en mi corazon.” Under his leadership, the Young Lords also joined with the Black Panther Party and Young Patriots to form the original Rainbow Coalition. In 1976, Mr. Jimenez ran for alderman of Chicago’s 46th ward, becoming the first Latino to run and oppose Mayor Richard J. Daley’s political machine. Six years later, Mr. Jimenez became the lead Hispanic organizer for Harold Washington’s successful campaign to become Chicago’s first black mayor. Today, Mr. Jimenez co-directs the “Young Lords in Lincoln Park” project at Grand Valley State University, a community documentation effort focused on the birth of the Young Lords as a Latino human rights movement.

Special Thanks

This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program.  For more information: www.npnweb.org.

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