A documentary short by StoryLens Pictures.
Directed by Drew Dickler and Jake Hochendoner. Produced by Geoff Pingree and featuring the youth and educators of Cleveland Public Theatre's Brick City Theatre program at Lakeview Terrace Estates.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Many afternoons, residents from Lakeview Terrace, a public housing project in Cleveland, gather at their community center to transform their life stories into art and their grief into understanding. They are Brick City Theatre, an outreach program for youth that over the years has become a workshop where people of all ages work together to empower themselves and each other through the creation of original plays.
The remarkable piece, "I'll Be There", that Brick City rehearses and performs in the film embodies a unique and powerful response to the episodes of racial violence escalating around the country. Tamir Rice, the twelve-year old boy shot in November of 2014 by Cleveland police officers while playing with a toy gun in a public park, went to school with some of Brick City’s children, and the company responds to his death using theater to explore their anger, sadness, and loss and to speak to their community about hope.
Brick City Theatre is a core education program of Cleveland Public Theatre. The program is conducted in partnership with Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority. Brick City Theatre engages children ages 5-14 who live in CMHA public housing in a year-round after school and summer performing arts program. Under the guidance of Cleveland Public Theatre teaching artists, children learn how to create and perform their own plays. These new works are presented annually at CMHA community centers and arts festivals throughout Cleveland.
Station Hope is a free community-arts event that is curated and produced by Cleveland Public Theatre. Station Hope celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, Cleveland’s social justice history, and contemporary struggles for freedom and justice.
"I’ll Be There" was created by Brick City Theatre participants with CPT teaching artists Faye Hargate, Chris Seibert, Adam Seeholzer, Dionne Atchison and Tecia Wilson. "I'll Be There" was directed by Faye Hargate, Brick City Theatre Program Director.
Ronnie Bell, Shirley Cooke, Harmony Downs, Samantha Gallo, Shajuana Gaston, Diane Howard, Alice Hunter, Ariaha Hunter, Jasaiha Knight, Javontay Knight, Jayon Knight, Beverly Marshall, Darrionah Scott-Owens, Dezhanay Simmons, Ju’mya Spriggs and Brenda Tate
Artistic Contributions by:
Courion Andrews, Amir Battiste, Melody Downs, Taniyah Harris, Sheadiamond Mullins, Trina Morgan, Arual Warren, Maxine Winnick and Anshawn Pollard and Tsunami Morgan (all classmates of Tamir Rice)
Brick City Theatre is made possible by the generous support of The Abington Foundation, Budnik Family Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, The Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Hankins Foundation, Mandel Foundation, David and Inez Myers Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The William H. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation, PNC Bank, and US Bank.
PLAYGROUND is a StoryLens Pictures film, directed by Drew Dickler and Jake Hochendoner and produced by Geoff Pingree.
StoryLens produces independent documentary films about pressing social issues in order to promote education, encourage public dialogue, and facilitate political change. StoryLens is generously supported by the Nord Family Foundation.
Through Cleveland Public Theatre’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program, which is funded in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland teens experience an arts-based job training program every summer. Students participate in a powerful, eight-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, writing and production. Students earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills. Under the guidance of artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and perform it in public parks throughout the City of Cleveland.
CPT's Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) is an arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from low-income families in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, writing, and production. Students ages 14-19, with little or no previous performance experience, are eligible for participation, and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills such as timeliness, communication, commitment and teamwork. Under the guidance of CPT artistic mentors, teens develop an original play and then tour it to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. Since its beginning in 1995, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. STEP is the longest running arts-based, job-training program in Cleveland and is an international model for engaging marginalized youth. Through STEP, teens see themselves as a positive and inspirational force, and watch as their work has an impact on the larger Cleveland community.
For information about STEP please contact Chris Seibert, Director of Education at 216.631.2727 x 201 or email@example.com