Hidebound

About the Play Last Central American play. A thematic overview of the colonial mentality – a fable of the conquest of the indigenous population by the Spanish and the Americans – conquest embodied in a conquistador, storming the landscape. Puppet play. Director: Alison Heimstead

Heavenly Shades

About the Play Second Tulsa play. The riots from a survivor’s point of view – life in a traumatized imagination. L’ash is 14 at the time of the riots; she loses nine brothers and sisters, along with her parents. She escapes to Minnesota, and lives a long life… or thinks …

Forgiveness

About the Play Living-with trauma is explored through the tangential story of a distressed couple in the Hudson Valley (Jack, in his third marriage), who struggle in their relationship after the accidental death of their son. How forgiveness is worked out in the home; if we negotiate a bad domestic …

Every Man Jack of You

About the Play An overture to the series. Jack a recurring character, abandons his first wife, leaving his Oklahoma home for a drunken spree in Vegas. He travels against the backdrop of the NATO bombings in Bosnia, conflated with the Tulsa race riot of 1921. His increasingly dissolute efforts at …

Drunk Still Drinking

About the Play Second in the Rwanda series, dovetailing with Tulsa. Lelu decides to leave Oklahoma go to Europe to buy a par of shoes; a lark. She takes her friend Sola along for company, but soon falls in love with a romantic singer; Lelu leaves her friend to follow …

Double Aspect

About the Play Fourth Central America play; features Rory another character who will recur (an analogue of Jack’s). · Rory works for Corrections as an executioner · Rory is Married to Lynn; Lynn is a Prison Chef · Lynn and Rory have a daughter, Xela; heavy metal fan · Xela …

Dogsbody

About the Play The final play in the series; Rwanda/Uganda. a futuristic mash-up of the Iliad, the interahamwe and the Lord’s Resistance Army; genocidal combat especially from the point of view of mothers and children. Director: Rebecca Novick

Diamond Dick

About the Play The first in the Tulsa series. A timeline account of the riots of ’21, reporting long repressed, detailing the false arrest of Dick Rowland, an African American shoe-shiner accused of sexually accosting Sarah Paige in an elevator, and the subsequent riots. A vast tract of Tulsa, called …

Burnt Umber

About the Play Bridges Tulsa, Rwanda and Bosnia. Jack reappears, remarried. He teaches Genocide Studies at Tulsa Junior College – his academic specialization is genocide denial (he research is supported by the “international community,” in particular by powers invested in exculpating their complicity; Jack is a professional denier). Jack’s second …

About Soulographie

Soulographie is a durational performance event looking at 20th century America from the point of view of genocides in the States (the Tulsa Race Riot), in East Africa (Rwanda, Uganda), and Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador). We aim to create channels of dialogue through art and conversation. The cycle will …