Lessons In Survival Calendar

Calendar of Events

Week 1

October 6 at 8:30PM | EP 1: “Survival Is Not A One Time Decision”
Excerpts of conversations and speeches with Nina Simone (1968), Lorainne Hansberry (1964), and Audre Lorde and Blanche Cook (1982), tackling radicalism, survival, and the role of the artist in times of revolution. (Runtime: 26 minutes)
Featuring: Kalyne Coleman, Nicole Lewis, Deirdre O’Connell, Myra Lucretia Taylor
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October 7 at 8:30PM | EP 2: “I’m Trying to Make You See Something”
Dick Cavett hosts a conversation with James Baldwin and Yale professor of philosophy Paul Weiss, where they discuss what it is to be Black in America in 1969. (Runtime: 33 minutes)
Featuring: Dan Butler, Ricardy Fabre, Chris Stack

October 8 at 8:30PM | Live Open Rehearsal 1*
Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process. (Runtime: 80 minutes)
Interviews: Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis/Angela Davis (2002); Richard Pryor/Dick Cavett (1985)
Featuring: Crystal Dickson, Brandon J. Dirden, Peter Mark Kendall, Victoria A. Villier, Reggie D. White
In conversation with: Dan Butler, Kalyne Coleman, Marin Ireland, Nicole Lewis, Deirdre O’Connell, Chris Stack

October 11 at 5:30PM | Live Community Conversation 1**
Conversations with leading artists and thinkers of today. (Runtime: 60 minutes)
Special Guests Colman Domingo, Joe Morton, Lisa B. Thompson
Moderated by Sarah Stern, Reggie D. White
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Week 2

October 13 at 8:30PM | EP 3: “When You Say Revolution… What Do You Mean?”
Women leaders of the Civil Rights Movement: Angela Davis discusses the role of Communism in the Black Power Movement and breaks down the path to true revolution (1972 and 2008); Georgia Gilmore reflects on organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1979); and Fannie Lou Hamer offers a critical diagnosis of the moral state of America in 1968. (Runtime: 35 minutes)
Featuring: Helen Cespedes, Crystal Dickinson, Ricardy Fabre, Nicole Lewis

October 15 at 8:30PM | Live Open Rehearsal 2*
Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process.
Interviews: Bobby Seale (1968), Bobby Seale/Bob Costas (1992), Ericka Huggins/Angela Davis/JoNina Abron/Barbara Rogers (1989)
Featuring: Adam Chanler-Berat, Brandon J. Dirden, Nicole Lewis, Clarissa Marie Ligon, Kristolyn Lloyd, Sevrin Anne Mason, April Matthis, Reggie D. White

October 18 at 5:30PM | Live Community Conversation 2**
Conversations with leading artists and thinkers of today.
With special guest Pearl Cleage, Andy Jean, Cody Renard
Moderated by members of The Commissary Crystal Dickinson and Brandon J Dirden
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October 18 at 8:30PM | EP 4: “The Old Leadership is Dead”  
Three different actors take on Bayard Rustin’s 1968 speech “Firebombs or A Freedom Budget”, in which he presents a plan for the redistribution of wealth to the Black American poor. (Runtime: 32 minutes)
Featuring: Kyle Beltran, Yonatan Gebeyehu, TL Thompson

Week 3

October 20 at 8:30PM | EP 5: “Something is Beginning to Crack”
Maya Angelou speaks with British television host Mavis Nicholson in 1987 about her writing, personal life and growing into courage; James Baldwin speaks with Mavis that same year, during London rehearsals for his play “The Amen Corner”, about the invention of race and the breakdown of the social contract.
Featuring: Marin Ireland, Joe Morton, Deirdre O’Connell, Myra Lucretia Taylor

October 22 at 8:30PM | Live Open Rehearsal 3*
Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process.
Interviews: Miles Davis (1988), Muhammed Ali/Nikki Giovanni (1971), Joan Baez (1984), Pete Seeger (2006)
Featuring: Kalyne Coleman, Peter Gerety, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Mark Kendall, TL Thompson, Nicole Villamil

October 25 at 5:30PM | Live Community Conversation 3**
Conversations with leading artists and thinkers of today.
Special Guests Casey Llwellyn, Michael R. Jackson, Claudia Rankine
Moderated by members of The Commissary Kyle Beltran and TBA
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October 25 at 8:30PM | EP 6: “This Country’s My Problem and Your Problem”
In a 1968 interview turned debate with conservative commentator R.H. Darden, James Baldwin discusses the erupting racial tensions in the country and challenges mythologies of American history and institutions. Twenty-five years later, Toni Morrison speaks with Charlie Rose about the psychology of racism and whiteness as ideology.
Featuring: Dan Butler, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Nana Mensah, Ryan Spahn

Week 4

October 27 at 8:30PM | EP 7: “Lie To Me”
In part one of this celebrated 1971 interview, Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin talk about their generational approaches to the movement for Black liberation, and the responsibility of Black men and women to each other.
Featuring: Kalyne Coleman, Crystal Dickinson, Reggie White

October 29 at 8:30PM | Live Open Rehearsal 4*
Interviews: Lucille Clifton/Sonia Sanchez (2001), Sarah Keys Evans (2019), John Lewis (1963), Paul Robeson (1960)
Featuring: Helen Cespedes, Kalyne Coleman, Nicole Lewis, Kristolyn Lloyd, Peter Mark Kendall, Joe Morton, Keith Randolph Smith
In Conversation with: Tyler Thomas, TL Thompson, Nicole Villamil, Reggie D. White

November 1 at 5:30PM | Live Community Conversation 4**
Conversations and reflections on Lessons In Survival Part 1 and the moments they will most take forward.
Moderated by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas, Reggie D. White with special guests Deirdre O’Connell and TL Thompson
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November 1 at 8:30PM | EP 8: “To Teach is a Revolutionary Act”
In part two of this intimate 1971 conversation, Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin discuss their Black literary forebears, and the role of language in liberation.
Featuring: Kyle Beltran, Kalyne Coleman, Nana Mensah, Joe Morton


*Open Rehearsals are ticketed events that provide an inside look into The Commissary’s process of rehearsing and creating LESSONS IN SURVIVAL. Each week, a group of actors and director Tyler Thomas will explore material not seen in other episodes, working on it and talking candidly about the content and the process.

**Community Conversations are free and open to the public and can be viewed on The Vineyard’s YouTube and Facebook pages. ner”>Facebook pages.

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