There is a Field

There is a Field

There is a Field

Thursday, September 28, 7:30 p.m. also Thursday, September 14, 9:00 p.m.

The "MuCCC", Multi-Use Community Cultural Center
142 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Staged drama performed with script in hand.

Tickets for the September 14 performance go on sale July 11, 2017 at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival website.

Tickets for the September 28 encore performance will be available via the MuCCC website.

A medical student finds herself in turmoil as she tries to find answers to how her peace-activist brother was killed by police near a Palestinian protest. How will she find answers when the "system" has to investigate itself? What would you do?!

Jen Marlow, Playwright

Jen Marlowe

Jen is an award-winning author / filmmaker / playwright and human rights / social justice activist. Her plays include There Is A Field. Her books include I Am Troy Davis, The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker, and Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. Her films include One Family in Gaza, Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home and Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, and, just completed, Witness Bahrain.

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Playwright's Note

October 2 2000, 9:00am: I got a phone call from the director of the peace program I worked for. "Aseel was killed this morning."

I hung up the phone and sat on my couch. I didn't know what to do. What do you do when you find out that a kid you love was killed? The question "what do I do?" stayed with me as I watched Aseel’s family and friends deal with their traumatic loss. It grew as I realized that the events of October 2000 were a collective trauma for the entire community of Palestinians inside Israel. It strengthened as it became apparent that there would be no indictments for those who pulled the triggers, or their supervisors.

When traditional systems of justice violate the rights of marginalized communities, art can offer alternative forms of truth-telling. I would write a play about Aseel's story and his family’s struggle. This was what I could do. I began a 15-year process of interviewing Aseel's family members, particularly his sister Nardeen, and compiling the emails he had left behind, shaping it all into a script. The deeper I went into writing There Is A Field, the more I came to understand that this play is not only about Aseel's family. In Aseel's parents and siblings, I hear echoes of the families of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and Troy Davis—of all those who have lost a loved one to state violence.

My hope is that audience members will leave tonight with a deeper understanding of the human impact of violence driven by supremacy. Even more: I hope we will all leave with a deeper commitment to taking part in all struggles for equality, freedom and human rights.

Reuben J. Tapp, Director

Reuben J. Tapp
Reuben J. Tapp is a native of St. Louis, MO with a BS/MS in Agribusiness and additional graduate work in Sociology. He has called Rochester, NY home for more than 10 years.  His local directorial credits include Ameri/Cain Gothic, Window Pains, All White Caste, Far from Grace, Mama Leone, and A Safe Distance from Love.  Reuben is a founding member and dramaturg for The Rochester Bronze Collective, artistic director of {theatre}+{nafsi}, an artist in residence at MuCCC, has received a TANYS Festival award for Outstanding Acting and ROC award for BEST Ensemble, a teaching artist in various school districts, community centers, and is looking forward to expanding his outreach into juvenile & adult correctional facilities.  He specializes in Black theater and process drama or 'theater of the oppressed' which allows persons to use the 'drama' in their lives to become the impetus for 'solutions' in their lives of others.

Current projects and collaborations include There is a Field, A Safe Distance from Love, My folks didn't want me to talk about it: narratives of the formerly enslaved, The Church: web-series, The Blacks: A Clown Show, and singing tunes of Sammy Davis, Jr with Frank's Rat Pack. Mr. Tapp is a videographer/editor for various youtube channels such as Sistah Doctor, VisionMedia Group, etc. 

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