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MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY

MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY

Tour to all five boroughs
July 31 - August 29

MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE
Conceived and Directed by Patricia McGregor
Text by William Shakespeare 

VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX
Presented by The Public Theater
Created and Performed by Malik Work
Directed by Vernice Miller

The National Black Theatre’s Stage for Healing & Resilience
Co-Produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre

In Partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation
and In Collaboration with the NYC Civic Engagement Commission's People's Bus

MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY will be a pop-up experience in New York’s open spaces with three key community and performance elements. Each day will begin with the National Black Theatre’s Stage for Healing and Resilience, co-produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre in continuation of a relationship that dates back to the 1960s. This community stage will be followed by VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX, written and performed by Mobile Unit artist Malik Work. The experience will culminate in SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE, conceived and directed by Patricia McGregor. The tour stops will also be visited by People’s Bus, a project of the NYC Civic Engagement Commission that focuses on five initiatives: well-being and mental health; climate justice and environmental health; know your rights education; food security; and participatory budgeting and economic empowerment. 


SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE 
Conceived and Directed by Patricia McGregor
Text by William Shakespeare 

Rooted in the vibrant interplay between performers and audience, SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE is an hour-long celebration of text, music, dance, and improvisation with a live crowd. Built for the plazas and outdoor venues able to host performances following the confinement of the pandemic, the piece centers on four actors who transform into a variety of roles based on feedback from the audience and is anchored by an iambic-spitting MC and DJ duo. No two shows will be the same. Crafted with an expert Shakespearean ringleader, the performers take on over a dozen roles in an hour, inviting audience members to play along as the scene partner. In the spirit of artistically awakening dormant spaces and communing with audiences hungry to feast on the poetry and play, SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE enlivens a dynamic dialogue between the greatest writers of all time and citizens of one of the greatest cities in the world.


VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX
Created and Performed by Malik Work
Directed by Vernice Miller

Mobile Unit artist, actor/writer/emcee Malik Work shares a set of excerpts from his original play Verses @ Work. Directed by Vernice Miller, Verses @ Work tells a story that begins in the heart of early millennium NYC nightlife, when the worlds of live hip-hop and jazz begin to intertwine historically, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The music eventually takes a backseat to a tumultuous journey on which Malik is transformed. The lessons of said journey are captured in this modern-day version of epic poetry, steeped in the legacy of oral tradition. VERSES @ WORK – THE ABRIDGED MIX is specially curated for this moment in 2021 for MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY. Call it verse, spoken word, rap, monologue, or soliloquy, but Malik weaves an engaging, vibrant, and personal account, loosely analogous to Homer’s Odyssey. This award-winning show was featured at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, South Africa. The South African press aptly named Malik “the griot from New York, Shakespeare of the streets.”


THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE’S STAGE FOR HEALING AND RESILIENCE
Co-Produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre 

In partnership with the National Black Theatre, MOBILE UNIT’S SUMMER OF JOY invites audiences into a space of reflection and meditation, as well as actively giving voice to their own experiences, through National Black Theatre’s Stage for Healing and Resilience. The community stage features artists from Mobile Unit’s community partners sharing their own narratives of resilience and hope in spoken word, poems, monologues, and songs.

Tour to all five boroughs
July 31 - August 29

PRODUCTION DETAILS.

TOUR SCHEDULE: 

All performances begin at 4:30 p.m., except for the August 8 performance at Johnny Hartman Plaza, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. 

  • July 31 - August 1: Astor Place (Manhattan) 
  • August 5-6: Roberto Clemente Plaza (Bronx) 
  • August 7-8: Johnny Hartman Plaza (Manhattan) 
  • August 12: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
  • August 13: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
  • August 14-15: 125th Street Plaza (Manhattan)
  • August 20: Albee Square (Brooklyn)
  • August 21-22: Myrtle/Wyckoff Plaza (Queens)
  • August 28-29: Osborn Plaza (Brooklyn)
  • August 19, 26, and 27: Minthorne Street (Staten Island)


More stops to be announced.

Lead support for Mobile Unit provided by JetBlue Airways, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The McLaughlin Children's Trust, and Abrams Foundation.

Additional support provided by ConEdison, Barbara Diamonstein-Spielvogel & Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, and The Walt Disney Company.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.

Company.

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Sofia Jean Gomez

(Shakespeare: Call and Response Company). NY credits: Angels in America, Parts I and II (Signature Theatre Company); Page 73, New World Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Georges, and Lake Lucille Chekhov Project. Regional: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Yale Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, San Diego Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Company, and The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. American Theatre magazine named her as one of the “Actors Playwrights Love.” Yale School of Drama. SP Trauma Response Education, RedCross Adult Mental Health Certification, and ICOC Intimacy Captain Certified.

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Teresa Avia Lim

(Shakespeare: Call and Response Company). Broadway: Ayad Akhtar's JUNK at Lincoln Center. Other works: The Public’s all-female Shakespeare in the Park production of Taming of the Shrew; NAATCO's Awake and Sing; Macbeth with The Public’s Mobile Unit; Gingold Group’s Caesar and Cleopatra; The Moors at Playwrights Realm. Lim originated her roles in Peerless, Water by the Spoonful, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West. TV/Film: “Monsterland,” “The Code,” “Ray Donovan,” “Blue Bloods,” “Limitless,” “Unforgettable,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Group,” and Monster. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and an inaugural Recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation Scholarship.

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Reza Salazar

(Shakespeare: Call and Response Company) began his acting career as a child in South America, working with his mother as clowns. The Public: Richard II, Mobile Unit’s The Tempest, Oedipus El Rey. Select Theater: Mariela en el Desierto (Repertorio Español), My Mañana Comes (Lortel Award nomination). Regional: Floyd’s (Guthrie Theatre), Sweat (Arena Stage). TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Daredevil,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Louie,” “The Knick,” “Believe.” Film: The Prisoner, Con Dios, The Imperialists Are Still Alive, See Girl Run, The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz. Musician: MICHA Musica (Joe’s Pub). Director: Missing Them (Working Theater). Salazar is making his Broadway debut this fall in a new play by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

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Malik Work

(Verses @ Work Writer & Shakespeare: Call and Response Company) has written and performed the highly celebrated original hip-hop musical Verses @ Work, garnering him a nomination for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. The film version of Verses won the International Spotlight Award at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival. As an emcee, he’s a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking, international jazz/hip-hop band. As an actor, he’s been seen off-Broadway, on network television, and on the big screen. As a teaching artist, he is a faculty member at the National Theater Institute, TEAK Fellowship, and The Public Theater’s own Mobile Unit. www.malikwork.com, @malikwork IG/Twitter.

Partners.

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National Black Theatre 

National Black Theatre (NBT), the nation’s first revenue-generating Black arts complex, was founded in 1968 by the late visionary artist Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. NBT is the longest-running Black theatre in New York City, one of the oldest theaters founded and consistently operated by a woman of color in the nation and most recently included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. NBT's core mission is to produce transformational theater that helps to shift the inaccuracy around African Americans' cultural identity by telling authentic stories of Black lifestyle. As an alternative learning environment, NBT uses theater arts as a means to educate, enrich, entertain, empower, and inform the national conscience around current social issues impacting our communities. Under the leadership of Sade Lythcott, CEO and Jonathan McCrory, Artistic Director, NBT’s 3 core programs—the Theater Arts Program, Communications Arts Program, and Entrepreneurial Arts Program—help reshape a more inclusive American theater field by playing a dynamic and critical role providing an artistically rigorous and culturally sensitive space for artists of color to experiment, develop, and present new work. Working with trailblazing artists from Nona Hendrix to Jeremy O. Harris, and helping to launch the careers most recently of artists such as Dominique Morisseau, Radha Blank, Mfoniso Udofia, Saheem Ali, Lee Edward Colston II, and Ebony Noelle Golden, and incubating Obie Award-winning companies like The Movement Theatre Company and Harlem9’s 48Hours in Harlem, NBT’s cultural production remains unparalleled. Located in the heart of Harlem, NBT welcomes more than 90,000 visitors annually and has produced 300+ original works, won 53 Audelco Awards for theater excellence, a CEBA Award of Merit, and for the last two years, been nominated for multiple Drama Desk awards for its excellence in theater production. NBT is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, New York Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, City Council of New York, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Columbia Service Society, and private donations. Visit www.nationalblacktheatre.org or follow NBT on Facebook (@NationalBlackTheatre) and Twitter/Instagram (@NatBlackTheatre).

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The New York City Department of Transportation

The New York City Department of Transportation’s (NYC DOT) mission is to provide for the safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods in the City of New York and to maintain and enhance the transportation infrastructure crucial to the economic vitality and quality of life of our primary customers, City residents. NYC DOT’s Public Space Unit oversees the agency's efforts to create, manage, and maintain public spaces that prioritize pedestrians and cyclists across the city. Public space programs include Open Streets, Plazas, StreetSeats, and more. The Mobile Unit is being brought to plazas through the Public Space Activations program which seeks to provide high quality activations to public spaces in high-need neighborhoods, with a particular focus on areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

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People's Bus

The People's Bus is a project of The New York City Civic Engagement Commission and their Public Artist in Residence, Yazmany Arboleda. The Civic Engagement Commission was created in 2018 through a Mayoral Charter Revision Commission and citywide vote. CEC’s Mission is to enhance civic participation in order to increase civic trust and strengthen democracy. The Commission is committed to engaging and listening to community while lifting up the voices of all New Yorkers, particularly the underserved and marginalized. The People’s Bus is a retired NYC Department of Correction vehicle that is being transformed into a mobile community center—democracy on wheels. The People’s Bus aims to meet New Yorkers where they are—literally and figuratively, providing them with resources, education, and engagement.

Creative.

Patricia McGregor
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Conceiver & Director
Vernice Miller
MALIK WORK’S VERSES @ WORK Director
Diggle
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Scenic Design
Katherine O’Neill
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Costume Design
Jorge Olivo
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Sound System Design
Imani Uzuri
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Composer
Paloma McGregor
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Choreography
Katie Kennedy
SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Production Stage Manager
The National Black Theatre
THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE's STAGE OF HEALING & RESILIENCE Co-Producer