On Her Shoulders
March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New Perspectives Theatre Company in association with the New School for Drama presents
“A Form Apart”
plays and poetry by May Miller
Directed by Mary E. Hodges
Dramaturgy by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif
MAY MILLER (January 26, 1899 – February 8, 1995) was an African-American poet, playwright and educator, who became the most widely published of the female writers of the Harlem Renaissance. She graduated at the top of her class from Howard University in 1920 and was awarded a prize for her play Within the Shadow. In 1925, The Bog Guide was awarded third prize from Opportunity magazine which began her association with the Harlem Renaissance. During the 1920s and 1930s, Miller wrote twenty one-act plays and wrote her last play, Freedom’s Children on the March, in 1943. The following year she retired from the Baltimore school system and turned her attention to poetry, publishing seven volumes through 1989. She died on February 8, 1995 at her home in Washington, D.C. at the age of 96.
Doors open at 6:30pm. The Play in Context, which situates the script in its historical time and place, kicks off the evening at 6:45pm with an Introduction by dramaturg Sandra A. Daley-Sharif.
ADMISSION IS BY DONATION ($10). Running time, including a post-performance Q&A with wine & snacks is approximately 90 minutes.
This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and in part, with public funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
ON HER SHOULDERS was founded in 2013 to present rehearsed, staged readings of plays by women from across the spectrum of time, with contemporary dramaturgs contextualizing them for modern audiences. The program seeks to make it impossible to deny or ignore the 1,000-year history and value of women’s contribution to the theatrical canon. To date (through Dec 2016), the program has presented 30 plays by 26 writers from the years 1668 to 1966. OHS is produced by Melissa Attebery and Melody Brooks.
NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY (NPTC) is an award-winning, multi-racial company operating for the last 25 years in Midtown Manhattan and communities through NYC. The Company’s mission is to develop and produce new plays and playwrights, especially women and people of color; to present classic plays in a style that addresses contemporary issues; and to extend the benefits of theatre to young people and communities in need. Our aim is not to exclude, but to cast a wider net. www.nptnyc.org
THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA: The creative home for the future of performing arts. Agile. Engaged. Innovative. Multi-disciplinary. The New School for Drama is home to a dynamic group of young directors, writers, actors, creative technologists, and award-winning faculty. With a core belief in rigorous creativity and collaborative learning, our programs embrace civic awareness across performance disciplines to create work imbued with professionalism, imagination and social context. For more information, please visit www.newschool.edu/drama
The Play in Context, the dramaturgical and scholarly presentation component to the program, is sponsored in part by the League of Professional Theatre Women, a non-profit organization promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in theatre since 1982. www.theatrewomen.org