The Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Annenberg Center will bring Mark Bamuthi Joseph to Philadelphia in September 2012 for a six-day residency and the regional premiere of his experiential work red black & GREEN: a blues. This interactive show, which combines installation and performance art with theater, will invite audiences to walk onto a set of four sectioned-off rooms, each representing a different city: Oakland, New York City, Houston, and Chicago. The rooms, designed by visual artist Theaster Gates, will reflect stories and perspectives of citizens who lived in those cities and participated in Bamuthi’s Life Is Living project: a series of public park gatherings intended to engage citizens in under-resourced areas with environmental issues affecting their communities. Their stories will be posted on the walls of the set as projected videos, murals, and text, and will be performed in staged conversations, narratives, and songs by cast members. Audiences will have opportunities to discuss environmental issues in interactive conversations with Bamuthi during his residency.
Pictured: Tommy Shepherd, Theaster Gates, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Traci Tolmaire. Photo by Bethanie Hines.