The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory
Confronting Diabetes through Drama
a workshop facilitated by Robbie McCauley
Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
at the Brecht Forum
451 West Street*
New York City
* travel directions below
Calling actors, activists, poets, creative artists, health workers, people
concerned with diabetes and other issues of health and wellness!
Award-winning actress Robbie McCauley returns to the Brecht Forum to lead
another workshop focusing primarily on diabetes, but also looking at a
wider spectrum of health, illness and wellness through the lens of theater
Diabetes is at once an issue of health and medicine, politics and
environment, community and society. In this workshop issues surrounding
diabetes, health and wellness will be examined--and confronted--using
theater games and exercises, story circles, sound and movement as well as
other techniques to widen our understanding of how diabetes impacts our
lives in numerous ways. We will also explore how individuals and
communities, and anyone concerned with diabetes, can respond to what has
become an epidemic and critical social issue.
Some of the ideas, themes and story exchanges developed in this workshop
will be incorporated into Robbie McCauley's performance piece called
*Sugar*, an ongoing theatrical work-in-progress.
*Sugar* looks at everything there is to see about sugar, from slavery to
colonialism to American mythologies to diabetes. Through the interweaving
of stories, images, facts and lore we will see that diabetes is not only a
medical issue but also one of race and class, and we will also see how
sugar is sometimes something that is very bittersweet.
Robbie McCauley has been an active presence in the American avant-garde
theater for three decades. One of the early cast members of Ntozake
Shange's *for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is
enuf*, Ms. McCauley went on to write and perform regularly in cities across
the country, striving to facilitate dialogs on race between local whites
In the 1990s, she received both an OBIE Award (Best Play) and a New York
Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for *Sally's Rape*, which she wrote,
directed and performed.
A core member of the American Festival Project, she has practiced and
taught theater in several communities throughout the US and abroad. She is
anthologized in several books, including Extreme Exposure; Moon Marked and
Touched by Sun; and Performance and Cultural Politics, edited respectively
by Jo Bonney, Sydne Mahone, and Elin Diamond.
In 1998, her *Buffalo Project* was highlighted as one of the "the 51 (or so)
Greatest Avant-Garde Moments" by the Village Voice, a roster that included
work by artists such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, and John Cage. Her
recent piece, *Sugar*, a work-in-progress, was presented at Ohio State
University in collaboration with several institutional departments and
organizations, and with members of Columbus' Near East community.
Robbie McCauley is on the Performing Arts Department faculty at Emerson
College in Boston.
Tuition--sliding scale: $15-$35
Pre-register online at http://brechtforum.org/events/diabetic-dramas-2?bc=