Artists Performing Truth to Power.
The 2016 election inspired a broad-based Resistance not seen in the United States in decades. People from all walks of life have been protesting, marching, mobilizing, and organizing in an effort to take back the country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. This fall, the American Repertory Theater, in collaboration with the literary magazine Pangyrus, welcomes the second season of Resistance Mic!, a series of intimate, curated evenings where a diverse collective of artists will take the stage to perform truth to power in these troubled times.
Launched on November 9, 2017—the one-year anniversary of the day after the 2016 election—Resistance Mic! is part of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series, an ongoing collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. The host is Timothy Patrick McCarthy.
During 2018/19, Resistance Mic!will take place on Tuesdays (September 25, November 13, February 19 & April 16) at 8PM at OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage theater.
Tuesday, September 25
Jenna Blum (@Jenna_Blum) is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family, one novel examining the rise of fascism and the other its consequences. She is one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers and a proud member of the Resistance. For more, please visit www.jennablum.com.
Anne Champion (@annechampion13) is the author of The Good Girl is Always a Ghost (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013), Book of Levitations (Trembling Pillow Press, 2019), and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Salamander,Crab Orchard Review, Epiphany Magazine, The Pinch, The Greensboro Review, New South, and elsewhere. She was a 2009 Academy of American Poet’s Prize recipient, a Barbara Deming Memorial grant recipient, a 2015 Best of the Net winner, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. For more, please visit https://anne-champion.com/.
A New England native, Wes Hazard has been named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at the Boston Comedy Festival and Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast and The Story Collider podcast. His debut humor book, Questions For Terrible People, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, and in 2017 he was awarded a New England Emmy for his hosting work on CBS Boston’s The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con. He currently co-hosts the national storytelling television program Stories From The Stage on PBS and in 2018 he appeared on Jeopardy!, becoming a 3-time champion.
Krysten Hill received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found in apt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Boiler Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. For more, please visit http://www.krystenhill.com/.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy (@DrTPM) is an award-winning scholar, writer, educator, and activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005. Twice named one of the Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” Dr. McCarthy is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course, a college humanities program for low-income adults in Dorchester, MA, and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. He is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming in Spring 2019. An A.R.T. Board Member, he is the host of Resistance Mic! and director of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series. You more, please visit https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/timothy-patrick-mccarthy.
Reverend Jonathan L. Walton (@jonathanlwalton) is an acclaimed author, social ethicist, and religious scholar. He is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University. Walton was raised in suburban Atlanta during the 1970s and 1980s by a family that kept the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement sacred in the home. Much of his scholarship is focused on evangelical Christianity and its relationship to mass media and political culture. His first book, Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (2009), examines the theological and political traditions of African American religious broadcasters, and his latest book, A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World (2018), is an interpretative exploration of the Bible from the perspective of its most vulnerable and violated characters. Walton earned his PhD in Religion & Society and MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds a BA in Political Science from Morehouse College. For more, please visit https://jonathanlwalton.com/.
Special Performance by Davóne Tines
Fresh off his spectacular performance of The Black Clown, Davóne Tines will participate in this edition of Resistance Mic!
A.R.T.: Crossing, Run AMOC! Festival. Deemed a “…singer of immense power and fervor…” by the LA Times and a “… charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by the New York Times,Davóne Tines commands a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance as a singer and creator. Highlights from last season include performances with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Finnish National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Orchestre National de France, BAM, Ojai Music Festival, London Symphony, and LA Philharmonic in collaborations with Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Matt Aucoin, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Sellars. Upcoming engagements include the Teatro Real, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dutch National Opera, and LA Philharmonic. Davóne is a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award given by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Education/Training: AB, Harvard University (’09); Master of Music, The Juilliard School.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy
American Repertory Theater (@americanrep) at Harvard University is a leading force in American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under her leadership, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theater experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, as well as the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists. Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.
Pangyrus LitMag (@Pangyrus) publishes stories, poems, essays and journalism that make artful and original connections, explore the unexpected, and break the constraints that keep people and ideas isolated. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we publish continuously online, and in print twice a year, including a special Resistance-themed issue in Fall 2018. You can find our latest publications and news at pangyrus.com.