SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN
A Carpetbag Theatre Inc. Production
By Linda Parris-Bailey
Directed By Andrea Assaf
This timely new work follows the first women combat veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and their uneasy return home.
For in-depth information, links amd articles about Art2Action & The Carpetbag Theatre's collaborative work with Veterans in Tampa, and the concept of "Creative Arts Reintegration," please visit: http://art2action.org/veterans-in-tampa
SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN is the story of a young, African-American, woman soldier of the Iraq war, and her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) & Moral Injury.
The play takes place in a hummer, as the main character is driving down the L.I.E. highway in New York. As she struggles with flashbacks and memories, she tries to talk with her father about his experience in the Vietnam war, and her cousin – a Vietnam veteran who died in car crash shortly after his return. She also remembers the women she left behind in Iraq, some of whom did not survive. Memories and scenes unfold before her, and in the rear-view mirror, as she’s driving. Ultimately she must decide whether or not let go of the wheel, as her cousin did, or to choose life.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
The creative team consists of the playwright, Linda Parris-Bailey; CBT ensemble actors Bert Tanner, Linda Parris-Bailey, Starr Releford & Will Dorsey, and special guest performer Ashley Wilkerson; Arab-American director/dramaturge, Andrea Assaf; and visual artist, Melody Reeves, whose video design adds a new dimension to this powerful work. With fabulous original music by Kelle Jolly and John Puckett!
Support for the project thus far includes a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award, with co-commissioners Junebug Productions and Mason-Rhynes Productions; a commission from the Bear Arts Foundation for the “Ten Minute Play Festival”; a Ko Festival Rehearsal Residency in Amherst, Massachusetts; and a work-in-progress performance at the Alternate ROOTS Festival in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Speed” opened OCTOBER 25, 2012, in conjunction with the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) Micro-Fest in Knoxville, TN. And ran at The Carpetbag Theatre through Nov 3, 2012.
Art2Action, in collaboration with the University of South Florida School of Theatre & Dance hosted an Open Rehearsal of "SPEED" October 5, 2013, in Tampa, FL. (Supported by Alternate ROOTS, Community Arts Partnership Program.)
"SPEED" then toured to New Orleans, co-presented by Junebug Productions, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, and NOLA Fringe, November 21-24, 2013.
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