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B A T A Battah Brining the Art to the Audience

Bringing the Art to the Audience is our popular series of staged readings and more, which, for the last two seasons, featured readings at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), the African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC), The Eastbay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, The Oakland School for the Arts, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oakland's Eastside Arts Alliance and Joyce Gordon Gallery.

Admission to most Bringing the Art to the Audience events is free. All LHT season subscribers will enjoy free access to all Bringing The Art To The Audience events! (Non-LHT-subscribers and non-MoAD-members must pay regular MoAD admission to attend readings at MoAD.)

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2pm • Saturday December 13, 2014 at the Museum of the African Diaspora:


in association with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
present a staged reading

Mount Misery
(Co-Produced with Cutting Ball Theater)
by Andrew Saito • directed by Rob Melrose
Cutting Ball Theater’s resident playwright, Andrew Saito, examines the United States’ inconsistent progress on issues of power and race through the colliding histories of two prominent American figures on one shared tract of land. On a plantation in a small Maryland town, a teenaged slave named Frederick Douglass once fought and triumphed against an overseer named Edward Covey. The moment would permanently alter the course of Douglass’ life, freeing him from fear and building a new sense of agency. In 2003, Covey’s home, “Mount Misery,” was purchased by former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for $1.5 million. In MOUNT MISERY, Saito imagines Rumsfeld and Douglass’ interactions across time. MOUNT MISERY was commissioned by Cutting Ball and developed as part of the 2014 edition of RISK IS THIS… The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival. The world premiere production will run from May 8–June 7, 2015, concurrently with the 2015 RISK IS THIS Festival. Join the cast and director of Mount Misery for a peek at the work in progress before it opens next spring.

The Reading will be held at
The Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street (at Third)
San Francisco, CA 94105

2pm • Saturday, December 13, 2014

Admission to the Staged reading is free with paid admission to MoAD ($10 Adults/$5 Seniors/Students)

LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE subscribers can enjoy free all-day admission at MoAD on December 13 to attend the reading.
To enjoy this benefit, you must be a current 2014–15 LHT Subscriber and you MUST RSVP by emailing egessel@moadsf.org or by calling MoAD at 415 318-7140

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Bringing the Art to the Audience is made possible in part by grants from the California Arts Council and the Sam Mazza Foundation

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