Greetings from Nicole Anderson-Cobb!
I hope this message reaches you well during the extremely busy time of year.
I just wanted to send you some of the feedback that I have been receiving on "Tangled" featured in "Staging Black Chicago" at UIUC last week.
During fall 2010---as guest playwright, I offered the following services to complement the play:
--- provided guest lecture & discussion of the play
---offered teaching materials to accompany the play
---conducted table readings with student actors
---supervised a student researcher assigned to the play
---conducted a follow-up Q & A with playwright and students
---assisted with rehearsals
Thus, “Staging Black Chicago” December 8-9, 2010 was a G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S gathering of students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors from Chicago united in their interest in combating gun violence in our communities.
Thankfully, during the post-performance “talkback”, students and audience members affirmed the impacts of “Tangled”:
"I feel like the community you created in this play exists in a lot of other communities. Would you be willing to take “Tangled” to other communities in other parts of the country because we need "Tangled" in other places?”
“This play is so meaningful to me because it meets people where they are.”
"I was impressed with Tangled. The script was realistic and the characters were quite well developed for such a short time frame. Very current piece...the script and storyline was very engaging... "---Jolynn C.
"I loved the play!! Great job!... Girl I want to tell u that your play inspired me. I had been praying for something to do for the church Christmas Program. After I left the play God spoke to me. But the inspiration came from u. Thank u for letting God use u. U r a blessing from God!!---Patrice P.
“This is an A+ play…A+, A+, A+…I really love this play…these are Blues women you’ve created.”--- Alice D., Audience member and former professor of the playwright
“Thank you for the language of the play. I loooooved the language used in this play. It is so important to hear the use of real language, real voices that we recognize. This is what really resonates for students.”---Audience member
Student Actor Feedback
“I move in and out of communities like the one in “Tangled” all the time. But studying and performing “Tangled” really sensitized me to violence again and to the issues that I just took for granted. Now, I see things in my community and want to change them.”---Tonisha D. , Student-actor in “Tangled”
“This play is urban, current and uses the language we use everyday…so we students can really relate to it. This play should be done at schools everywhere to give students the chance we had to work with the professor-playwrights and talk about these issues”.
---Chelby B., student-actor in “Tangled”
---“Theatre is a great vehicle for examining race, history and current events together. Studying these plays gave us a chance to make the connections between the past and issues affecting us today.”---Jon H., UIUC student actor and audience member
---“This play taught me empathy and just made me realize that THESE ARE ALL OUR PROBLEMS…and it helped me realize how much we as Black people self-soothe with alcohol and all kinds of things. We have to realize that it’s ok to hurt, it’s ok to FEEL pain… because if we don’t FEEL anything, how can we change things? Feeling what is going on in our community is the first step to changing things.---Arysha G., UIUC student-actor and audience member
Thus, the feedback that I've begun to receive from audiences and student actors was revealing, humbling, heartening and useful for understanding the value of "Tangled" for others.
Therefore, I want to extend this opportunity to you. If you’d like to bring “Tangled” to your community, group or organization, or have questions, want to share comments or request additional information, please contact me at my website:
Thank you in advance for your support. And please, feel free to share this information with with partners, colleagues or organizations who might be interested in "Tangled".
Be well, thank you again for you continued support and good wish and have wonderful, restful holidays!
---Nicole Anderson-Cobb, PhD, Educator & Playwright
Nicole Anderson-Cobb, PhD, Educator, Playwright & Founder of Samaritan Road Productions is the author of the SRP blog "Writing On The Go"