In recent news, Assistant Arts Professor Mauricio Tafur Salgado directed and produced a second tour of Black 'n da Blues; Songs and Stories from the Arkansas Delta.
The new piece written by Carlos Sirah weaves together live music and oral history in order to tell a story about the last century in Phillips County, including the Elaine Massacre.
“It’s like spending an afternoon on the porch with an inter-generational gathering of neighbors as they sing songs and tell stories about the blues, freedom, suffering and endurance,” Salgado said.
The Theatre Studies professor is producing a third tour of the show, running throughout Phillips County in Arkansas and at Arkansas State University, Lyon College, and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
In other news, Salgado is directing the remount of Sorry, an original work by the Shook Ones, to be performed October 17 at the Centre de Création O Vertigo in Montreal.
Sorry is a multimedia theatrical experience that utilizes dance, spoken word, and projection to tell a story about cultures colliding that’s never been more relevant or necessary than today. It is an immersive exploration of contemporary interracial partnerships, narrated and annotated by the secret Poet Laureate of the A train.