Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Even More on the Medea Project

I can't believe I spaced on this! I got an e-mail about it from one of my profs a few days ago, but I guess I've had too much else going on. Anyway, for those of you in the D.C. area, Rhodessa Jones, founder of the Medea Project is speaking at the University of Maryland, College Park TOMORROW, April 20th, from 4-6PM. Details are below.

I'm pretty bummed that I probably won't be able to make this, because I have class during part of it. Such is life!

Join us for

...a conversation with Rhodessa Jones...

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about the work of Rhodessa Jones, founder of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women.

Thursday, April 20th from 4-6 p.m.
Rever Rehearsal Hall, Room 3376
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
(directly above Department of Theatre)

RHODESSA JONES is Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco acclaimed performance company Cultural Odyssey and Founder and Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women.

The Medea Project is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women. Since its beginning in 1989, The Medea Project has become a national and international model for the use of the performing arts as a rehabilitation tool for women in jail. In 2005 Ms. Jones toured South Africa for a series of performances and workshops with women in prisons.

Cultural Odyssey was founded in 1979 with the mission of ‘Arts as Social Activism.’

An actress, teacher, singer, writer, and director, Ms. Jones's solo shows include "Big Butt Girls, Hard Headed Women" based on lives of the women she met while working in prison, and "Hot Flashes, Power Surges and Private Summers," a solo work about menopause. The San Francisco Examiner praised ‘Hot Flashes’ as a ‘frank,’ ‘feisty,’ and ‘fiery’ performance that ‘turns menopause into a bloodline connecting five generations of dynamic women.’ Jones has also performed the role of “Ruby” in August Wilson’s ‘King Hedley II’ at the Lorraine Hansberry Theater and been featured in the Theater on the Square’s production of Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater’s production of Regina Taylor’s
‘Urban Zulu Mambo.’

Her most recent directing credits include Sekou Sundiata's "Blessing The Boats", Will Power's "The Gathering" and Deborah Edward's "From Whores to Matriarchs". Ms. Jones is currently a featured artist contributing to Building the Code: Understanding Community Based Arts in America, a research and publication project sponsored by the National Performance Network.

The Medea Project is the subject of the 2001 book by Rena Fraden, Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and the Theater for Incarcerated Women (University of North Carolina Press).

In 2003 Jones was featured on the NPR program ‘Fresh Air’:

Born in Florida to a migrant laborer family, Rhodessa Jones is a proud grandmother of her daughter's girl child Chaz.

Sponsored by: Department of Women's Studies; Visions in Feminism; David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora; Department of Theatre; Department of American Studies; Curriculum Transformation Project; Carceral Studies Working Group

For further information, contact: barkleyb at umd dot edu or 301-405-7710.


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