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155 Angell Street
Providence, Rhode Island
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Raymond Watson, Executive Director, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association and
Chief Wauchaunat Band of the Narragansett Nation
Marco McWilliams, Founder, Providence Africana Reading Collective;
Chanravy Proeung, Co-director Providence Youth Student Movement;
Prof. Matt Guterl, Chair American Studies and CSSJ faculty advisory board member;
Prof. Geri Augusto, Visiting Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Inc,
Providence Youth Student Movement, and
Providence Africana Reading Collective
This event is free and open to the public.
As one of the oldest continuously producing Black theatres in the nation, the Department of Africana Studies' Rites and Reason Theatre is dedicated to giving voice to the diverse cultural expressions of the New World. Rites and Reason uses its unique Research-to-Performance Method (RPM) to develop new creative works.
Rites and Reason was founded in September 1970 by Professor George Houston Bass and became a formal component of the then Program in Afro-American Studies in 1975. Born out of the Black Arts Movement and student protests at Brown University, Rites and Reason evolved into a Research-to-Performance Method theatre. The RPM nourishes organic diversity and collaborative creativity.
Throughout its history, Rites and Reason has developed works by undergraduate and graduate students and professional playwrights who have gone on to national acclaim. In recent years, Rites and Reason has developed and produced student plays about foot binding in ancient China and the conscription of Jewish boys into the Russian Czarist Army in the 1830s.