Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone opened at Geva on October 2, and it’s been really incredible to read some of the responses from audiences, who have responded so positively to this irreverent, fun and powerful play. I reached out to director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, now in Oregon, and Fight/Intimacy/Movement Choreographer Rocío Mendez, now in New York City, to … Continue reading Inside Vietgone with Pirronne Yousefzadeh and Rocío Mendez
an Davonte Johnson, who designed projections for Geva’s productions of Thurgood and Ring of Fire. If you’ve seen Ring of Fire, Geva’s first post-pandemic in-person performances, and our first ever outdoor show, no doubt you've found yourself captivated by the fascinating visual story that Davonte’s projections tell in celebration of Johnny Cash’s life and legacy.
The importance of passing on our history to future generations is one of the highlights from episode 3-2 of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, featuring the Changemakers exhibit at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
The latest episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall features the writer and performer of this season's The Real James Bond...Was Dominican, Christopher Rivas. He is an incredible storyteller in any medium, and in this episode, he talks about the climate crisis and the beauty of this world, Porfirio Rubirosa (inspiration for James Bond) and just how vital it is to see people who look like you in stories that inspire you, and the power of telling stories from the heart. Geva's company manager Angela Giuseppetti co-hosts.
In the first podcast episode of 2021, we’re thrilled to feature a conversation with playwright/director/producer, Chay Yew. We’ll all have an opportunity to see his work as a director this winter, with his direction of Brian Quijada’s Where Did We Sit on the Bus? And long-time Geva audiences may remember the production of Naomi Iizuka’s 36 Views, which Chay also directed. Pirronne Yousefzadeh joins Jenni Werner for this inspirational conversation that really focuses on the ways in which we can all open doors for others to follow us, and create opportunities for the next generation to grow and succeed.
In the fifth episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall, Esther Winter, creative producer for Recognition Radio, and Jenni Werner talk with sound designers David K. Samba and Justin Ellington about jazz music, the nature of collaboration, sound design and composition as an out of body experience, what it means to “play with subs” and how we’re all sound designers at heart, even if we don’t know it yet.
Jenni Werner and Esther Winter interview sound designers Larry Fowler and Christie Chiles Twillie about building worlds through sound and just how pivotal sound design is in COVID-era theatre experiences.
Geva's literary director, Jenni Werner, and associate artistic director, Pirronne Yousefzadeh talk with playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers about listening to the voices in your head, finding inspiration in poetry, novels and raunchy rap lyrics, making space and time for imagination, and representation onstage. All in the third episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall.
In connection with Geva's Recognition Radio festival celebrating Black stories, we are producing a series of community conversations, called The Amplify Series, which connects themes of the plays to our lives here in the Rochester area. The first conversation examined the history of redlining and segregation in Rochester, the lasting impacts, and ways that we can effect change.
An impassioned conversation with playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Chisa Hutchinson about their work and inspirations, how August Wilson impacted them both as young people, and the renaissance of the Black horror genre. And of course, a conversation about their work featured in Geva's Recognition Radio Festival.