Ping Chong directs Collidescope on the Tedford Stage

Posted on: February 3, 2017

Eli Bradley, Lyndsey Hannah, Anne Peyton Brothers, Jay Buchanan, and Branden Cook star in the Wake Forest Theatre production of Collidescope 3.0, written and directed by Ping Chong. They pose on the Tedford Stage on Monday, January 30, 2017.

The Wake Forest University Theatre will present the science fiction play Collidescope 3.0:  Adventures in Pre- and Post- Racial America, which will be directed by Ping Chong, an internationally-acclaimed director whose work focuses on race relations in modern America.

An equal society that pretends to be beyond bigotry, but still practices hatred, is not equal.  Collidescope is a theatrical presentation created in response to the seemingly perpetual killings of young black men in America.  From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, exploring the pre-Revolutionary War era when freedmen and slaves were contemplating their rights in a soon-to-be independent nation, then back to present day, this “kaleidoscope” explores the often tragic history of black and white race relations in America through the eyes of alien lifeforms who have landed in the United States.

Ping Chong and noted director and dramaturg Talvin Wilks will collaborate with Wake Forest students to tailor the work to the Wake Forest University campus.   Scenic design will be by Dahlia Al-Habieli, Post-graduate Teaching Fellow in Theatre.  Costume design is by Tyler Wilson, Costume Shop Supervisor at WFU.  Lighting design is by Kevin Frazier, Assistant Professor of Theatre.  Sound designer is guest artist Jeff Dorfman.  Guest Artist Kate Freer is designing the projections.  Jen Onopa of Ping Chong + Company will be assistant director and choreographer.  Sharon Andrews, Associate Professor of Theatre, is the devised performance director.  Lynn Book, Teaching Professor, is the Song Director.  Michael Kamtman, Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, is the Vocal Coach.  Current students Cheyenne Zuck is stage managing, and Madeleine Ash is the Props Master.  The cast consists of Eli Bradley, Anne Peyton Brothers, Jay Buchanan, Caleb Cabiness, Jason Chinuntdet, Charles Cicchino, Branden Cook, Serena Daya, Lyndsey Hannah, Caroline LeDuc, Avery McClure, Jayson Pugh, and Justice von Maur.

Several panel discussions and events related to the production are also being planned by the Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Center to foster dialogue on campus and within the community.

  • CREATING COLLIDESCOPE: Fri. 2/10, Post-Show
    • Discover the creative process behind Collidescope with Ping Chong and the rest of the creative team on the Tedford Stage following the performance on February 10th.
  • CONTEXTUALIZING COLLIDESCOPE: Sat. 2/11, 6:30pm
    • Faculty of Color share thoughts about Wake Forest’s racial history and where we need to go next in the Ring Theatre prior to the performance on February 11th. Panelists include Nina Lucas, Jose Villalba, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Anthony Parent.
  • CUPCAKES AND CONVERSATION: Sun. 2/12, Post-Show
    • First year students are invited to discuss the themes and issues explored in Collidescope 3.0 following the performance on February 12th in the lobby of Scales Fine Arts Center. Refreshments provided.
  • FILM SCREENING of “I’M NOT MY BROTHER’S KEEPER”: Mon. 2/13, 7pm
    • Professor of Communication and Film Dr. Mary Dalton will screen her first documentary about the sit-in demonstrations involving WFU and Winston-Salem State students at the Pro Humanitate Institute on Reynolda Road. There will be a Q&A following the film with Dr. Dalton as well as Bill Stevens, one of the original protesters highlighted in the film.
  • CAMPUS COLLISIONS: Thur. 2/16, Post-Show
    • Student activists will discuss their involvements in such movements as Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations following the performance on February 16th, moderated by Fahim Gulamali on the Tedford Stage.
  • COMMUNITY COMPLEXITIES: Fri. 2/17, 5pm
    • Explore the challenges of addressing diversity and inclusion on college campuses on the Tedford Stage prior to the performance on February 17th. Hear from representatives from Wake Forest University, Duke University, and Catawba College, and then enjoy a reception in the lobby with food provided by the women of El Buen Pastor.

Performances are February 10-11 and 16-19 at 7:30 PM and February 12 & 19 at 2:00 PM on the Tedford Main Stage of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens, and $7 students (price includes sales tax).  For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or purchase online at college.wfu.edu/theatre.  The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 PM and one hour prior to curtain on performance days.

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