Through drama, dance and poetry, follow the lives of seven young people over the course of four years. Solid Ground is a powerful chronicle about young love, domestic violence, post military trauma, and the healing powers of friendship, art, and contribution.
Mass Transit Street Theater
A Play About Landing on your Feet
John Jiler, author and playwright
At The Point CDC
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Tickets: $6 each
at The Point CDC
(#2 train to Simpson Street)
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For middle and high school groupsPerformance includes talk-back with performers and a curriculum guide in resilience and non-violent problem solving
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¯“Solid Ground: A Play About Landing on Your Feet”
Transit Street Theater
In the Bronx, the percentage of teens experiencing relationship abuse still exceeds that of the entire city of NY.
In the words of Aurelis, a member of our company, "I have friends who stay with partners who verbally abuse them because they are accustomed to the relationship. We need to inspire our youth to take the steps they need to be safe, so that we can reduce teen suicides."
In January of 2011, Mass Transit Street Theatre assembled a group of extraordinarily talented young poets, hip-hop dancers, and actors to develop a theater piece about teen relationships. We came up with, “Solid Ground: A Play About Landing on Your Feet”
Solid Ground is based on true stories of teens growing up in NYC. Using music, dance, and poetry, it explores the effects of drug addiction, domestic abuse, homophobia, and relationship violence on young people in The Bronx today. It celebrates the power friendship, creativity and community contribution in the face of these devastating challenges.
In May of 2011, we toured a number of Bronx community centers with our work-in-progress. We were received with great enthusiasm by audiences of young people throughout the Borough. We found that we had created a powerful piece that resonated deeply with all who attended.
This spring we are presenting
This spring we are presenting"Solid Ground" at Hostos Community Center for Arts and Culture in a “state of the art” 365 seat theater to middle and high school students from public schools throughout the Bronx and NYC. Each performance will be followed by a “talk back” between actor/authors and audience members.
“I walked into this shattering, transformative, exhilarating play. It was just as thrilling to watch the audience of the few hundred public middle and high school kids. This wasn’t just theatre with the potential to change lives; it ACTUALLY changed lives, right before our eyes. It’s impossible to believe that some of them didn’t immediately go home with a new strength about being abused, being gay, being unpopular, or having the nerve to follow their dreams. They watched an amazing company of young actors, dancers and poets and said “that could be me,” or just as often “that IS me!”
With your help, we hope to continue to expand our audiences for “Solid Ground” in the Lovinger Theater in fiscal year 2013-2014.
“Buck Flows Here” Film Festival: November 2011
In November 2001, at
the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Majora Carter helped kick off our first
“Buck Flows Here” film festival, a celebration of young filmmakers who
are exploring issues of social justice and community resilience.
Audiences of high school students from DeWitt Clinton and Validus Prep viewed two excellent, short documentary videos created by their teenage peers at the Educational Video Center (EVC). The first, about gentrification in the Bronx, included the triumphant rescue from developers of the Kingsbridge Armory. The significance of the second is carried in its title, “Our Inheritance: Growing Up in a Decade of War.”
In post-screening discussions, hosted by our winning filmmakers, Tianna Negron, Ricardo Nigagliaoni, and Frances Martinez, students and teachers talked about a wide range of topics including: causes for gentrification, reasons for U.S. foreign invasions, and moving beyond negative stereotypes and neighborhood violence to take positive action. Students were invited to enroll in a film training program like EVC, and investigate advocacy groups like the ones featured in the films.
To submit a short video documentary for next year’s “Buck Flows Here” Film Festival,
please go to: Get Involved
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