Goat in the Road Productions'
2021 Play/Write Showcase
May 3rd, 7pm
Goat in the Road Productions has commissioned Vagabond Inventions to perform a play written by a middle school student as part of GRP's education program, Play/Write. See a taste of this play, "Suspicious Snake and the Sacred Sound" below, and catch the Play/Write Showcase on May 3rd at GRP's website.
"The Gorgeous Offerings"
Photo by Julie Verlinden
Vagabond Inventions is collaborating with Renee Benson to create a series of community rituals called "Gorgeous Offerings" that will begin in the fall of 2021 and culminate with the premiere of the company's production, Requiem for a Stranger. The Offerings are part of the Contemporary Arts Center's "Healing and the Arts" 2021-2022 season. Conceived and directed by Renee, the Offerings are a series of rites, healing workshops, and meditative film projects. The first of the Offerings, slated for November 2021, will be a short experimental film, "The Black Ophelia," created collaboratively with filmmaker Jason Foster, costume designer Janese Brooks-Galathe, Renee Benson, and Vagabond Inventions' director Jennifer Sargent.
The Gorgeous Offerings project grew out of extensive research into the nature of grief that drove Vagabond Inventions' and Renee Benson's project, Requiem for a Stranger. The Offerings are a response to the tremendous losses of the Covid-19 pandemic and are focused specifically on the BIPOC experience and compounded grief within this community. Throughout 2021 and 2022, these interrelated events, rites, and artworks will bring together a number of exciting community partners: the New Orleans African American Museum, Mindy Milan of the Center for Mind Body Medicine, Alaina Comeaux who created the Decolonized Walks of Bulbancha, and an ensemble of other visionaries.
More information is at RequiemforaStranger.com.
Requiem for a Stranger
Vagabond Inventions' current collaboration with Singer/ Composer Renee Benson, called Requiem for a Stranger, was in residence at New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center in September, 2020. Requiem's work-in-progress performance on October 3rd was the CAC's first-ever LIVE YouTube broadcast. Watch the archival video HERE.
The development work on Requiem for a Stranger will continue in 2021 with a premiere slated for the fall of 2022.
If you would like to support the future of Requiem for a Stranger, we are soliciting donations through our fiscal sponsor, Mondo Bizarro Productions. Please visit the PayPal link HERE and earmark all contributions for REQUIEM. We thank you with our full hearts.