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'The Sapelo Project'

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Company

Theater Emory
Josiah Watts, by; Janice Akers, dir.; Robert Schultz, casting coord.

Production Description

Casting for Brave New Works biennial festival to include "The Sapelo Project" by Sapelo descendant Josiah Watts, a theater piece which integrates music, movement, spoken word, acting, and video to capture the culture/stories of Sapelo Island and the development of the Saltwater Geechee/Gullah dialect, the history of slavery on this island, and the melding of the influences of Arabic, English, Spanish and French.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin Jan. 26; project presentations between Jan. 30 & Feb. 15, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $405/wk. min. Equity SPT Tier 6 Contract.

Auditions

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Full Synopsis

"The Sapelo Project" is theater piece which integrates music, movement, spoken word, acting and video to capture the culture/stories of Sapelo Island and the development of the Saltwater Geechee/Gullah dialect, the history of slavery on this island, and the melding of the influences of Arabic, English, Spanish and French.

"The Sapelo Project" is a detailed interpretation of the lives of the direct descendants of those slaves brought from West Africa. It is a story about not only their enslavement, but also their survival; which would become a way of life that would help them to endure hundreds of years & generations of existence under slavery. It's the story of how their unique skills of rice cultivation would transform an entire economy.

"The Sapelo Project" is about a people surviving the horrors of one of the worst journeys in recorded human history to somehow build a unique way of life that still survives to this day. The Sapelo Project is a documentation of not only their perseverance, but also their creativity while under the very vestiges of slavery. It is a demonstration of how they built families though they were slaves. It is about how they maintained African traditions day in & day out. It's about how they made music when they couldn't speak, how they danced in order to feel, how they loved despite it all.

The former descendants of slaves, the people of Sapelo Island have owned their family lands since 1867, just two years after the Civil War. It is a story about a group of people who had so much taken away, but yet fought to gain it back time and time again. It is about the complexities of slave owner Thomas Spalding, who was known to be compassionate to his slaves, but still a participant in one of the worst institutions in human history.

"The Sapelo Project" is the story of the descendants of Bilali Muhammad. One of the most well known Africans in Georgia history. The father of all of Sapelo Island really. Though he was a slave, Bilali was born a free man. And he would leave a legacy of ingenuity, survival, & leadership. This is a story of slavery, but also a story about freedom. In the end, "The Sapelo Project" is about how love endures in our darkest moments to create some of the most powerful things.

Brave New Works

Brave New Works is a biennial festival of new play readings and workshops produced by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory. The projects in-process will be rehearsed and presented over a 3-week period by a combined company of student and professional actors. Weeks of employment are certain-per project casting is subject to change, given the developmental nature of the scripts.