Department of Theatre

Am I Next? Voices from Wilmington, NC

Continued interest in the production:

The UNCW Department of Theatre's devised theatre production, Am I Next?: Voices from Wilmington, NC, continues to make an impact. The production centered on the Black experience, foregrounding Wilmington’s 1898 Coup de tat, student’s personal experiences and the shared stories of families, friends, UNCW professors and community members. And now the production has an extended life and taken new shape.

Several pieces from Am I Next? will be projected on the walls of the UNCW Fisher Student Union as part of the art installation, Blackness: A Framework, where Black student artists share their creative efforts to center black lives and highlight the Black Lives Matter movement. The installation will be up and running March and April of 2021 and then will reopen when students return in the fall of 2021.  

Additionally, several actors from the production will perform some of their pieces during a live zoom conference focused on Healing Generational Trauma on April 17th.

Last, the director of the piece, Robin Post, will be leading a workshop via zoom, on how to create a verbatim theatre piece, similar to that of Am I Next? production, in March, 2021.

Original production:

November 12th-15th and November 19th-22nd.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. (EST) and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m. (EST) 
All performances are free of charge.

Live Stream link(we recommend that you log on 10-15 minutes prior to the performance.)

Due to COVID restrictions live stage performances are available to UNCW students, Faculty & Staff only.
Seats should be reserved here. Passcode: devised
You need a current uncw.edu email address to reserve a ticket.

Face masks are required at all times you are within the Cultural Arts Building.  Please adhere to social distancing of 6’0” from each other.  We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep everyone safe!

Digital Playbill

Am I Next? cast photo Students in the UNCW Department of Theatre have devised a production that centers Black lives. They have created a tapestry of voices that interweaves the pain of the past, celebrates Black culture, and exposes the ongoing racism and brutality of the present. Modeled, in part, after Anna Deavere Smith’s verbatim theatre practice, the piece is a combination of new work created by the students and verbatim interviews that they conducted with friends, family, local activists, local university professors, scholars, university students and community leaders.

Wilmington is one of the epicenters of atrocity for people of color in this country, with a coup d’état in 1898 that resulted in the theft of land, power, prestige, and dignity from the Black community, in addition to the slaughter of hundreds of Black citizens. This violent overthrow silenced the prominent local Black-owned newspaper, murdered Black government officials and business owners, and replaced them with White folks, a pattern followed across the country to keep Black people from being treated as equals and fellow citizens. No one has ever been brought to justice for these murders or for the destruction of property and livelihoods.

Students in the department have been creating this piece with this history at their doorstep; the wounds of racism and white supremacy are clearly still present, as Black voices within the university struggle to be heard and seen, and as Black people across the country consistently face brutality and injustice. In this production, our students speak in their own voices and in those of community members, aiming to reveal the deep wounds of American racial history while also sharing moments of light, love, and celebration.

Am I Next? Voices from Wilmington, NC contains profanity and imagery of police brutality cases, racial biases, and other possible triggers that may not be suitable for some audience members.

 

Co-sponsored by UNCW Black Student Union.

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