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Part retrospective, part reenvisioning, ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 explores and elevates the layers of relationship,​ ideas, and​ provocation​s​ set within James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni’s seminal ​1971 ​conversation. Marking the 50-year anniversary of the historic interview, the work seeks to reintroduce this crucial dialogue on the history and legacies of race to our present moment. Building off the digital exploration of Part 1 (Best Theatre of 2020, New York Times), ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 reinvestigates the intimate and incisive questions at the heart of Baldwin and Giovanni’s ​conversation, getting at the root of American mythologies, racial category, and our shared responsibility to liberate one another and ourselves.

Details and collaborators for ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 will be announced at a later date.

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Lessons In Survival Part 2

Spring 2022

Created with and Performed by The Commissary
Directed by Tyler Thomas
Special Event
Live, in person
Part retrospective, part reenvisioning, ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 explores and elevates the layers of relationship,​ ideas, and​ provocation​s​ set within James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni’s seminal ​1971 ​conversation. Marking the 50-year anniversary of the historic interview, the work seeks to reintroduce this crucial dialogue on the history and legacies of race to our present moment. Building off the digital exploration of Part 1 (Best Theatre of 2020, New York Times), ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 reinvestigates the intimate and incisive questions at the heart of Baldwin and Giovanni’s ​conversation, getting at the root of American mythologies, racial category, and our shared responsibility to liberate one another and ourselves.

Details and collaborators for ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 will be announced at a later date.

The Commissary

The Commissary is a grassroots, multi-generational theater collective whose primary work centers on new investigations of historical found and verbatim text.

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Tyler Thomas

Tyler Thomas (Director) is a director and choreographer, currently based in NYC. She is the current Susan Stroman Award recipient and has developed and staged work with the Vineyard Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights, Playwrights Center, Northern Stage, New Ohio Theatre, HERE Arts Center, NYMF, The Flea, NYU Tisch, UCLA, Columbia University, and Lincoln Center Education. She is a 2050 Fellow with New York Theater Workshop, Foeller Fellow at Williamstown Theatre Festival, member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and has been a Visiting Artist at the Athens Conservatoire in Greece, and Guest Artist at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. Tyler is also Resident Director of The Commissary, a theater collective currently in residence with The Vineyard. She holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts.

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