Mend A City: The Movement

April 8-10, 2022

Mend A City: The Movement with its use of “rhythm and prose” boldly catapults its audience into an eclectic world of conscious spoken word and revolutionary thought. A poetic performance art piece with music, poetry, and dance, it takes us on a journey of the African American experience. It ultimately ends with empowerment and solutions to change the state of Black America. The play was penned with purpose–to actively awaken the masses and eradicate the mendacity that plagues our nation and stagnates our human rights through White Supremacy and its doctrine of Racism.

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Directions

Bennett College Little Theater

910 E Washington St. (Gate 2, back of Chapel)

Greensboro, NC 27401

Parking: There are 2 parking lots located across the street from the theater for cars and buses.

Bus Transportation: There are 2 bus routes currently offered through the Greensboro Transportation Office. Both routes are currently “fare free” for students of partner schools, but are also available to the public for $1.50 (Cash only). Partner schools – Bennett College for Women, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College, North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. For more information, see the links below.

How to Ride: https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/departments/transportation/greensboro-transit-agency-public-transportation-division/for-our-riders/how-to-ride-gta

Route 1 – (M-Sat.): https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/46284/637589309364730000

Route 2 – (Sat.-Sun.): https://www.greensboro-nc.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/46282/637589308995200000

Accessibility: There is a ramp located at the back of the theater. Additionally, handicap seating and elevators are available.

Director’s Note

The concept of Mend A City:The Movement grew out of the experience of listening to various poets’ use of choice words to express their feelings about the social injustice and police brutality we were witnessing across the nation. From Trevon Martin to Freddie Grey to Chris Brown, horrific videos surfaced of unarmed men slain in the streets guilty of being black. Theater has been used throughout time as a vehicle to get the message out to the masses. It’s the place where political issues have been presented and protested.

Mend A City: The Movement was penned for this purpose. The City we are called to Mend is the EthniCity most often referred to as Black or African American. It is our net cast out into the deep to draw them in to hear the message. The message that speaks boldly to stir a people to Unify, Strategize and Organize and write an agenda for ourselves.

“This is what happens when an undignified culture gets introduced to the barrel of a 12-gauge situation.” Mend A City: The Movement with its use of “rhythm and prose,” boldly catapults its audience into an eclectic world of conscious spoken word and revolutionary thought. Speaking truth to power, it addresses many issues prevalent to all, and yet, ignored by many, blacks to whites and “gets in your face.” This play is a Call to Action. Our hope is that this play inspires its audience to want to actively make a change and answer the call—what can and will you do to Mend A City?

Vanecia Boone, Co-playwright and Director of Mend A City: The Movement

Creative Team

PlaywrightsVanecia Boone, Tabia Mawusi, Philip J. Lightfoot
DirectorVanecia Boone
Assistant DirectorTabia Mawusi
Stage ManagerBrianna Perkins (B)
ASMAryanna Brown (B)
Technical DirectorByron Carter (B)
Props MistressGenesis Almodovar (B)
Light Board OpMakaela Reed (B)
Sound Board OpCaprice Johnson (B)
House ManagerKaja-Riley Willis (B)

B: Bennett College

A&T: North Carolina A&T

UNCG: UNC Greensboro

Cast

EnsembleDana Benjamin (A&T)
EnsembleLatasia Glover (A&T)
EnsembleElijah Slater (A&T)
EnsembleJacqueline “Jackie” McClellan (A&T)
EnsembleKamari Risher (A&T)
EnsembleSanai Johnson (A&T)
EnsembleJanaia Trent (A&T)
EnsembleEgypt Dozier (A&T)
Ensemble Tomari Wright (A&T)
EnsembleJoshua McGhee (A&T)
EnsembleIndia Jones (UNCG)
EnsembleTashan Thornton (A&T)
African DrummerAlexander King

Sound by Authorized Productions: Byron Carter, Lawrence Thompson, Miles Thomas, and Marcus Tongue.

This work contains an excerpt from “And I Still Rise” by Maya Angelou.

Bios

Vanecia Boone

Vanecia Boone

Vanecia Boone

Vanecia Boone was selected to direct Mend A City: The Movement at Bennett College. Originally from Greensboro, NC, Boone is an MFA graduate of NC A&T SU Theatre Department, Playwright, Herbalist, and Activist. She teaches Theater at NC A&T, UNC-G, and Bennett College. Her directing credits include Taming of the Shrew, For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange, The Colored Museum and Konvergence with the African American Student Association of Theatre and Film. She has written two plays. As an actress, Boone played multiple roles in Fannie Lou Hamer with the touring Theatre of NC, Jory in Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, and Miles Newman in Yellow Face at Las Vegas Little Theatre. Among her favorite credits include Shug Avery in The Color Purple (Barn Dinner Theatre, NC), Helen in Love in Hope and Promises (Las Vegas Black Gospel Theatre), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Vera in Seven Guitars (Nevada Conservatory Theatre) and Madame X in The Stronger (Richard B. Harrison Players).