Down in Mississippi Hatchfund Campaign Announced

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Dear Friends,

Our new play, Down in Mississippi, speaks to our troubling times from 50 years ago where young people, black and white, from all over the country came together and put their lives on the line to register Negros to vote in Mississippi. They believed that the right to vote could change the world. They were non-violent combatants in a war for justice, a struggle that clearly continues to this day.

Down in Mississippi endeavors to make a contribution to that struggle by telling a story about what it means to be an activist, what it means to resist.

We are seeking your support to help us bring this story into the world. Whatever you can give–in any amount, large or small–towards our goal of $6,200 will make a difference:

Make a donation today.

With thanks,
-Carlyle

Finding Fish Hatchfund Campaign Announced

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Dear Friends,

Finding Fish takes place in a future where food is scarce and the oceans have been nearly depleted of fish. But one fisherman on the Maine Coast keeps bringing in the catch. Could his luck have anything to do with his strange new wife? Does his despondent father know anything? The people in power would do anything to find out, especially “The Committee,” who has sent the fisherman’s brother to reel him and his secrets in. Nature and weather are central characters in this drama about sustainability through the lens of one family’s struggles.

Finding Fish comes out of my nearly 20 year experience at sea as a Captain of 19th century traditional sailing vessels where I have witnessed first-hand the degradation of our Oceans from the Coast of Newfoundland to the Gulf of Mexico, from the Baltic Sea to the coast of Africa, the coast of Brazil and the Caribbean. As our planet comes to this critical moment in the human impact on its environmental evolution, we are compelled to give voice to this particular perspective.

Please join us in bringing this evocative and provocative new play to life. Your gift will pay our talented and fabulous designers and give them the tools to bring the majesty of Nature onto the stage. Help us reach our $10,000 maximum goal in any amount large or small, whatever you can give will make a difference:

Make a donation now.

Thank you so much for your support,
-Carlyle

Acting Black Hatchfund Campaign Announced

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Dear Friends,

In my past solo works such as Sea Never Dry, the story of a sailor alone in a small boat on a foggy day on a stormy sea and his dialogue with the wind; The Fula From America: An African Journey, an autobiographical story about my journey to West Africa searching for an African identity in 1981 only to discover how American I am, and Therapy and Resistance a story of the Viet Nam War draft resistance movement and the attempts of one draftee to gain a deferment as a manic-depressive schizophrenic with paranoid tendencies; I always performed in the context of a story with a strong narrative underneath me. There was always a journey to be taken and I played myself, the central character and the various people I encounter along the way. With the session of each work I make a conscious effort to strip the performance down to its barest essentials and focus on the immediateness and intimacy of the relationship between performer and audience. With Acting Black there is no narrative or journey for me to hide behind, no character to portray, only thoughts, ideas, a body and a voice.

Part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, part Ted Talk complete with PowerPoint presentation and inspired by the styles and traditions of the likes of Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and the outrageous Lord Buckley, Acting Black riffs on the roots of American racism and its consequences for all of us. You will laugh out loud while being hit where you live, in the gut. Acting Black explores the appropriation of the African American narrative through performance and traces the birth of its’ beginning from a single individual on a specific night in Louisville, Kentucky in 1828, to the racial conflicts we still endure to this day.

Acting Black will be performed at the beautiful Southern Theater in the four corners area in downtown Minneapolis for two performances June 1st and 8th, directed by Noel Raymond with lighting design by Mike Wangen. The process is underway. I need your support.

The minimum USA crowdfunding goal of $3,500 will go to compensating participating artists for their time and their talents. The maximum goal of $5,000 will allow us to create the power-point image projections at the quality we desire. Please join the adventure. Make a donation now.

Thank you so much for your support,
-Carlyle

Welcome to Our New Site

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WELCOME to our new web site, carlylebrownandcompany.org.  Here you will discover who we are, where we are and what we are doing.  In the NEWS we have a reprint from American Theatre magazine on the playwright/actor relationship with a feature on the decade’s long collaboration between myself and Minneapolis actor James A. Williams, who will play the fictive character of Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s classic novel, in our upcoming production of Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House, presented in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio in March 21-April 6, 2014.  Also you will find an announcement about our new play in development Finding Fish with a reading at the Playwrights’ Center on Monday, December 9, 2013, and a blog where you can follow its evolution on our development page. In the future we will keep you updated on the fabulous work of our associate artists as they create theater works both in the Twin Cities and on the national stage and study guides on our upcoming productions.

When I first came to Minnesota some twenty years ago whenever I worked in the theater I would have to get on an airplane.  For years I spent time in hotel rooms, writing in coffee shops and in rehearsal studios collaborating with strangers putting up a play for an audience I would never see again, a guest who would come and go without any prospect of continuity.  Over time I began to realize that what I was looking for was an artistic home.  And to my surprise when I looked around to my environment I realized that the home I was looking for wasn’t a theater, but a place, the Twin Cities, the place where I live, the place where I have been nurtured and supported throughout the years.  It is in this place where I can see the theater of my imagination working in an atmosphere of collaborative co-creation with colleagues I respect and admire.  Out of this quixotic need Carlyle Brown & Company was formed around a core of associate artists. As we continue to grow a body of work we look toward our growing audience for a rewarding relationship that nourishes us both.  Theatre is a live event.  It doesn’t exist until it is performed before an audience.  It is what we mean by “Company” in Carlyle Brown & Company and we invite you to be our partners in making our work.  We need your support.  So, join us.  Sign up on our email listPatronize our eventsMake a donation.  Let’s make great theatre together.

Thanks and all the best,

Carlyle