New and Noteworthy:
Tracy Cameron Francis has recently taken over the Artistic leadership of Boom Arts. Boom Arts, based in Portland, Oregon, is a boutique presenter and producer of contemporary theatre and performance from around the world. Founded in 2012, Boom Arts has reached nearly 10,000 Portlanders with innovative presentations of vital and timely plays and multidisciplinary performances from countries like Japan, Egypt, Chile, Russia, Uganda, and the US. We’ve produced performances in theatres, galleries, public parks, living rooms, and other sites around the city.
Noor’s annual forty-eight hour play festival where a diverse roster of artists are invited to spin our most talked about Middle Eastern-themed news events into humorous, incisive “theatrical op-eds.” Taking place each May, five playwrights, five directors, and a company of actors gather over 48 hours in a race to create theater as fast as a news cycle. An audience favorite! May 27 & 28 2019 @ The Lark Theatre, NYC
Atlantic Theatre Company: Middle Eastern MixFest: An evening of staged readings of newly commissioned work by Heather Raffo, Younis Ali, and Melis Aker. August 13, 2018, NYC
Corrib Theatre: Hurl: by Charlie O’Niell Tradition, desire and bodies collide when an Irish team made up of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers is formed and compete in the very traditional and ancient Irish sport of hurling. Led by an alcoholic priest and a washed-up trainer, the team battles discrimination and bureaucratic barriers to make its way to the All-Ireland finals. With humor, wit and energy, Hurl explores what it means to be Irish in the 21st Century. Oct 5- 28th 2018, Portland, OR
New American Voices Fall Reading Series: Twice, Thrice, Frice, by Fouad Teymor Three Arab-American women are forced to reevaluate their faith and deeply held beliefs when a crisis threatens to destroy their bond of friendship.These modern Muslim women must draw on their individual inner sources of strength when deeper secrets emerge in this timely new play. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at 8pm, Queens Theatre, NYC.
The Culture Projects: Women Center Stage Festival, Director’s Weekend: “The Stars Fall Upside Down” A showing of a work-in-progress new devised movement work on displacement. October 20-21 2018,Teatro Sea, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC
“This story is told mainly through dance and movement on an essentially bare stage with minimal dialogue. It is a work of Art, a painting, a tabloid that moves, undulates, weaves into your conscious and sub-conscious. And so the work must be experienced visually, through one’s senses, to fully absorb the impact.” (dennissparkreviews)
“Holy Land is a play that definitely needs to be seen, simply to illustrate a conflict that attracts precious little theatrical expression in front of Western audiences. On stage, in translation at HERE, director Tracy Cameron Francis manages to extract bracing, compelling performances from material that is often impermeable in its absurdity, but brutal and unflinching in its delivery.” (Culture Bot, Holy Land)
“Tracy Cameron Francis directs a production that pushes the revolution far beyond the boundaries of space and time, throwing it into a surreal fog of claustrophobic chaos and misapprehended memory.” (Culture Bot, Comedy of Sorrows)
“Director Tracy Cameron Francis choreographs the sport onstage most sensitively: there is a lyricism in the movement that matches O’Neill’s witty, poetic language. Ballet powered by brute force fills the space when a game explodes onstage…When a story like this is told with wit and candor, it touches us on so many levels. ” (The Oregonian, (HURL)”
“Director Tracy Francis Cameron meets these challenges head-on, smartly unpacking Genet’s complicated ideas about repression and struggle while also fearlessly tweaking the play for a modern audience.” ( The Edge)