We The People
Self produced - Director - November 3rd, 2020
"I guess in 2003, I received a package from my Aunt Jean and Uncle Larry which contained re-makes of the founding documents of the nation. I don't remember this happening, I was 2. I discovered this package again in 2017 and as a history nerd, it sparked my interest. But, it just sat in my closet because... what do you do with these re-makes???
Flash forward to October 2020. The ticking of the constant countdown to November 3rd rang presently. I'm sure I don't need to describe the weight and feeling of the time. The clause, "We the people" had been in my head and for some reason, I brought that package to college for the Fall semester. I wanted to devise a piece around that, 'We the people', but lacked an entrance point beyond the phrase.
We presented the piece on November 3rd, Election Day. As cliche as it sounds, performing it felt like the only way to respond to the day.
My one regret is not recording the piece. Silly, silly, me. I still have the structural analysis (essentially script/blocking), so it is possible to perform again. However, I don't think any performance can capture the weight we felt performing the piece on that day. Perhaps the piece will evolve from an 8 minute piece to a full length. Perhaps it's okay 'We The People' simply lives in our memories and our bodies."
Then, while scrolling through Twitter, I re-stumbled on a video of Tr*mp leaving RBG's funeral after the crowd began chanting 'Vote. Him. Out.' Tears welled in my eyes. The power of a collective, in a unified voice, especially given the context of the time, was overwhelming. This became the start of the piece.
Using this video and the Preamble as a foundation, myself, Delicia Holder, Sarah Sagatis, and Hannah Tyman devised "We The People" on Zoom. The piece covered an array of topics, how each of our communities have been affected by 45s reign of hate, and what action we can take to change that.