Book Release: Articulation by Cesi Davidson

Live performances, music, a book sale and book signing. The plays presented in Articulation were born in Harlem.

George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027
Saturday November 16, 2019
4 PM


Performances directed by Jeannine Foster McKelvia with featured artists: Paul Bolger, Amanda Cannon, Michael Anthony Green, Daralyn Jay and Lauren Schaffel.

Enjoy the soulful saxophone tunes by Alex Blade Silver. 
Praise for Articulation Cesi Davidson’s delightful and wise, ARTICULATION Short Plays to Nourish Mind and Soul illuminates the human condition. Her method: create non human beings ranging from those plucked from nursery rhymes to celestial beings to fruits, vegetables and animals and put them in distinctly human situations like Bo Peep losing her sheep because her husband sold them to bet on horses. What makes these plays particularly satisfying is Davidson’s ability to weave tough-minded outcomes like lost sheep and street violence with sympathetic characters and sly humor.  
 
Daniel Judah Sklar
DJS, playwright, author of PLAYMAKING Children Writing & Performing Their Own Plays-Distinguished Book Award from The American Alliance for Theater & Education.
 

SEE CESI DANCE…
And the African joy of old 
Lights the room
Open this Book
And you might find yourself
In a world where radish have souls
AND TALK
OR In a realm where
Purity percentage of truth in Love
Is the currency
For longevity in Life
Where writers fly …Daily
And actors become borderless
OPEN THIS BOOK
AND ride the WORDWAVES
OF “The Lorraine Hansberry” of our time!

KENE HOLLIDAY
Actor…Director…Writer
Private Investigator Tyler Hudson …”MATLOCK”…TV
Jazz Soprano Saxophonist Sydney Bechet…
“THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY”… FILM
Sargent Curtis Baker … “Carter Country”…
TV Series

 
“Cesi’s plays are adventures in wordscapes that show us the ways we are and the ways we can be. Characters not often seen on screen, stage or page populate her scenes in situations that make these short plays eminently readable and relatable while being unapologetically unique. Lovers of theater and fiction alike will find much to cherish in this collection. Bravo!” —Celeste Rita Baker, author of Back, Belly,
and Side

 

Season Five: Short Plays to Nourish the Mind & Soul

New and exciting programing ~ Contemporary Plays ~ Spoken Word ~ Experimental pairing of music, dance, and storytelling ~ Audience Favorites

“Come spend an hour one day a month with us. We have so much to share.”
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Written and performed by Johndca Spencer
Directed by Cesi Davidson
Music by Alex Blade Silver


Spoken Word artist, Johndca Spencer, will present her heartfelt experiences of love and violence in a family. Her work will be accompanied by the improvisational music of saxophonist Alex Blade Silver. You’ll be moved by her stories and uplifted by her hope and optimism. There will be a brief post-show conversation and a book signing. Johndca’s book, In and Out of Eden, will be available for purchase.
 
 
George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York  10027
Saturday, October 19, 2019  @ 4 PM

Short Plays to Nourish the Mind and the Soul: School Girl Crush #CesiDavidson

SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH
Written by Jeannine Foster-McKelvia
Directed by Isreal McKinney Scott
Featuring
Cate Bottiglione, China Colston, Ashlee Danielle, Daralyn Jay & Betsy Rosen
Post show conversation with Martha Steketee

“TWO MOTHERS, TWO DAUGHTERS, RACE, CLASS,
INTERRACIAL DATING & VERBAL FIREWORKS.”
 George Bruce Library
518 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027
May 18, 2019
4-5 PM


Jeannine Foster-McKelvia- director, actor, playwright. Her full length play The Perfect Reunion, developed in the 7th Potpourri World Women’s Series, and given a reading at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival’s Readers Theatre of New Works on the “A” list; short plays Sisters & FriendsLove, Life and the Revolution and School Girl Crush. Some of her directing credits include, Garvey (Trilogy Opera Company), Swing andMiss N’Victas (Negro Ensemble Company), Belonging (original student work, CUNY City Tech), A Doll’s House and The Story (Sarah Lawrence College), A Question of Taste (original production Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre and producer/director Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC.), The Kitchen (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre) and Christmas is Comin’ Uptown (African American Council on The Arts).  Jeannine is a graduate of Duquesne University and Sarah Lawrence College and an Alumni of the Lincoln Center Theatre’s Directors Lab.