A Message from Our Artistic Director

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Raidge (Sykes) and Lauri Smalls (Delia)

THERE’S A LEAK IN THIS OLD BUILDING AND OUR SHOWS HAVE GOT TO MOVE

PLEASE SEE THE SCHEDULE BELOW

A long-term problem in several parts of the roof above our performance spaces has become a matter of critical concern that necessitates our closing our performances spaces until further notice. While this was not an easy decision to come to, the safety and comfort of both audience and performer were paramount in arriving at this decision. We want artists and audience to bring a lot of things with them when they perform or attend a show, but their umbrella isn’t one of them. So, for the time being, only our administrative offices and lobby will remain open.

SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MIXED MAGIC?

Like Captain Kirk, we don’t believe in Kobayashi Maru-type scenarios, so we’re going to forge ahead and take this opportunity to bring art to you in different ways while the Lorraine Mills building management takes the steps that will allow us to reopen. Mixed Magic will look for alternate performance spaces inside of and outside of Pawtucket and we plan to abridge and abbreviate our schedule through the end of 2018, honoring our programming commitment through a series of live-streamed performances broadcast from our lobby our rehearsal space in Lorraine Mills. Yup; you’ll be able to check out our performances on Facebook Live!

SO, WHAT DOES THAT BROADCAST SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
The first of these broadcasts will be Saturday, OCTOBER 20th at 7pm and will feature the cast of Sweat and The Gilded Six Bits followed by a preview of a talkback-style discussion with Prof. Shawn Christian of Wheaton College. The topic? The life and work of Zora Neale Hurston. PLEASE JOIN US !
On NOVEMBER 4th at 7pm, we will broadcast a concert version of  The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, an original rock opera written by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. Spirit Warrior asks The Question: Is America an idea whose time has passed or a promise yet to be realized?
DECEMBER 15th at 7pm  we will feature another Pitts-Wiley original, Celebrations: An African Odyssey.
Last, but certainly not least, on DECEMBER 22nd at 7pm we will broadcast our annual Great Holiday Traditions Concert.

DANG, SO HOW’S MMT HOLDING UP?

We gon’ be alright! As you can see, we’re making the best of a tough situation. What we need from you is to hang right in there with us, keep coming back to our Facebook page and Instagram and website for updates on our performance slate through the end of 2018. Make a donation if you can and, most important of all, keep believing in Magic!

Yours in Magic,

Jonathan Pitts-Wiley

***SWEAT AND THE GILDED SIX BITS***

SEE THE BROADCAST SCHEDULE ABOVE FOR SWEAT AND GILDED SIX BITS 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 AT 7 PM

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS  CELEBRATING  ZORA NEALE  HURSTON

 At Mixed Magic Theatre

SAT. OCT 27,2018  READING of BARRACOON  3PM

****NOTE LOCATION*****PAWTUCKET ARTS COLLABORATIVE, 560 MINERAL SPRING AVENUE (GO THROUGH MIXED MAGIC THEATRE LOBBY TO GET THERE)

A community reading of Zora Neale Hurston’s recovered and recently published New York Times Bestseller

“ Barracoon: The Story of the Last “ Black Cargo”

“ A profound impact on Hurston’s legacy” …. The New York Times
“ One of the greatest writers of our time “ …. Toni Morrison
FREE And OPEN To The Public,   Light Refreshments Served

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SAT. OCT 20th 7pm Broadcast Performance of SWEAT & THE GILDED SIX BITS
With Post Show Discussion of ZORA NEALE HURSTON’S Life And Works

SWEAT & THE GILDED SIX BITS will be presented at a special start time of 7:00pm, followed by a post show discussion of Hurston’s life and works moderated by Shawn Anthony Christian , Associate professor of African American studies and English at Wheaton College and author of the book A New Negro Reader and numerous related articles.
Join Us For An Exhilarating Experience! Light Refreshments Served

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Shawn Anthony Christian is Associate Professor of English and African American studies at Wheaton College in Norton MA. He is author of The Harlem Renaissance and the Idea of a New Negro Reader and has published articles on the Harlem Renaissance, the literature of the long civil rights movement, and African American print culture. A former actor (and occasional director), Shawn has performed in a production of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, co-directed a production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls, and has served as a “post-play” panelist for Trinity Repertory Company in Providence.