black do crack by Florinda Bryant

 photo by Minerva Villa

photo by Minerva Villa

Salvage Vanguard Theater is proud to announce the Works Progress Austin (WPA) workshop, black do crack, a new solo performance by Florinda Bryant.

One FREE performance of this work-in-progress will run April 28 at 7:30pm at the Dougherty Arts Center.

black do crack is an invitation to transform. It is an exploration of the mythology of the strong black woman. The mother who is not allowed to crack, but is dying under the pressure of that fiction. Drugs and food. Escaping. Stuck. Moving slow. Moving too fast. We wail. In secret. Hiding our discomposure. Black bends, and do crack.

Playing with language, song and movement, black do crack is an exploration of the curse and the blessing of being a strong Woman. What happens when the bough breaks? How does time move if seasons change but we don't? black do crack is an invitation to be honest with our struggles, and to truly see and make space for the struggle in one another. How do we check on each other? How do we make space for our daughters to use their wail to help them transform?

TICKETS: FREE, online or at the door. Box office opens at 6:30pm. Reservations for each performance can be made at salvagevanguard.org/tickets/

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ABOUT FLORINDA BRYANT: Florinda is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator who calls Austin home. Holding it down in every aspect of performance, whether writing, performing or directing, Florinda’s passion and dedication to her craft is evident. As a performer and director she is no stranger to many stages in Austin, having worked with Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Rude Mechs, the Vortex, Paper Chairs and Teatro Vivo. Some of favorite recent performances include Am I White (by Adrienne Dawes), The Panza Monologues (by Virginia Grise), Bright Now Beyond (By Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halverson) and Fixing King John (adapted by Kirk Lynn)As a writer and poet, Florinda enjoys engaging audiences in explorations around identity, body and community. Her award winning one-woman show Half-Breed Southern Fried was produced as part of the Performing Blackness Series at UT and was directed by Laurie Carlos. As a facilitator and arts educator, Florinda has worked with at risk communities, young men and women, and adults – using performance as a social justice tool for empowerment and change for over 18 years. Florinda is also the Operations Manager of Creative Action, one of the nation’s leading arts education organizations and Managing Director of nationally acclaimed Salvage Vanguard Theater. A member of the Austin Project, sponsored by the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, UT at Austin. Florinda is also a 2013 Woman of the Year for Racial Justice award recipient from the YWCA. Recent directing credits include Denim Doves, produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Performing and Co-Directing) February 2016, and Stories of Us produced by Teatro Vivo (Directing) Spring 2016.

ABOUT WORKS PROGRESS AUSTIN: Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides playwrights with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin previously featured new works by Adrienne Dawes, Caridad Svich, Dan Dietz, and Diana Lynn Small.