Female Forward Festival at Royal Family presents
Revolutionary New Works by Female Playwrights
Blackbirding — Queen Esther’s new solo show
February 7th at 1pm
February 8th at 6:30pm
February 10th at 7:30pm
145 W. 46th St.
212 837 1756
Queen Esther: Blackbirding
After the transatlantic African slave trade was banned in 1807, blackbirding – capturing free African-Americans and fugitive slaves above the Mason-Dixon Line and selling them into slavery – was all the rage. Blackbirding uses sound, vision, and storytelling to recontextualize the concept, bringing it into the present. What happened in the 19th century (The State of Missouri vs. Celia) is juxtaposed against what’s happening now (Kalief Browder) until a wider net is revealed, drawing parallels to the Missing and Murdered Children in Atlanta and the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. to show that blackbirding never really ended, and that – then as now – black folk are criminalized and dehumanized for the color of their skin.
Rosa Arredondo: Journeys
Why would someone leave everything they know, to start again, with nothing? Journeys is an intimate look at the personal experiences of six immigrants, in their pursuit of happiness. Why they came, what they left behind and how their lives were changed, for better or worse. From the perspective of young and old, male and female, Journeys takes us on a voyage that is both, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.
Iman Schuk: This Open Earth
This Open Earth is a 75-minute play that encourages us to discover the rich texture of the relationships around us. It expresses the subtle but binding experiences and relationships that create the “community” we ultimately depend on.
About Royal Family:
Located in the heart of Times Square, we incubate diverse new stories that may not have the chance to develop in a conventional environment. Bravery and fearlessness are imperative to our process: artists and audiences alike are challenged in a creative safe-space to explore and expose the tangled truths of the human condition.