"At Buffalo" Creative Team, November 9-19, 2017

Photo courtesy of the artists

It's 1901. Lynch mobs swarm the South; Emma Goldman’s anarchist movement hits the streets; and WEB DuBois’ NAACP is on the horizon. All set the stage for the spectacular Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. "At Buffalo" is a new musical in development that will take you on a haunting and evocative musical journey through the turbulent discoveries and performances of race in post-Civil War America. During their Fall 2017 CAI residency, the Creative Team of "At Buffalo" will conduct site-specific rehearsals and concert readings of At Buffalo and work with the Buffalo Museum of Science, and Torn Space Theatre.  

At Buffalo

Race was on display at the 1901 World Pan American Exposition at Buffalo, New York. In exhibits like “Darkest Africa”, “Old Plantation”, and “The American Negro Exhibit”, concessionaires presented unique, and often conflicting, visions of blackness in America at the turn of the twentieth century. These exhibits left behind a fragmented archive of descriptions, newspaper articles, photographs, and film clips that sheds new light on a critical moment in the construction of modern black and American identity. At Buffalo, a landmark new musical, brings this archive to life—performing it virtually verbatim, making present an experience of the past when definitions of race were literally written, directed, choreographed, and performed in order to reconstruct the American character in the wake of national crisis.

The Creative Team

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Deadria Harrington is a New York City based creative producer, artist and member of the Producing Artistic Leadership Team of The Movement Theatre Company [TMTC] and a member of the creative team developing "At Buffalo," a new musical theater performance based on the 1901 World Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. During their Fall 2017 CAI residency, the Creative Team of "At Buffalo" will conduct site-specific rehearsals and concert readings of At Buffalo and work with Buffalo Museum of Science, Torn Space Theatre.    
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Khalil Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, playwright, educator, and a member of the creative team developing "At Buffalo," a new musical theater performance based on the 1901 World Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.During their Fall 2017 CAI residency,the Creative Team of "At Buffalo" will conduct site-specific rehearsals and concert readings of At Buffalo and work with Buffalo Museum of Science, Torn Space Theatre.  
6/1/17
Williams is a writer, director, translator, and a member of the creative team developing "At Buffalo," a new musical theater performance based on the 1901 World Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.During their Fall 2017 CAI residency,the Creative Team of "At Buffalo" will conduct site-specific rehearsals and concert readings of At Buffalo and work with Buffalo Museum of Science, Torn Space Theatre.

They will be joined by:

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An alumnus of Harvard University and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin⎯ a.k.a. Dr. Amma ⎯ creates artistic works based on archival research and writes about late-19-century black performance.  Bridging the worlds of academia and arts/entertainment, she is a university professor who also has worked for the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day, Inc., and A&E Networks/The History Channel (THC) and whose award-winning creative research has appeared nationally and internationally at festivals, conferences, and in academic journals.
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Joyner is an Audelco Award winning actress for her role as BETTY FARRELL with the legendary Billie Holiday Theatre in the World Premiere of Maid's Door by Writers Guild Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Cheryl L. Davis; directed by the Theatre's Artistic Director Jackie Alexander. Joyner's NY theatre credits include: Melissa in He Said, She Said, I Said, Yes (The Public Theatre), Jermaine in Generation Graffitti (Playwrights Horizons), Angela Metcalf in Fell (NY Fringe Festival), Anna in Old Times (59 East 59th), Sparkle in Body Shots (The Atlantic Theatre). Regional Credits include: Kanika Weaver in Permanent Collection (Human Race Theatre). Television: Damages, “The Morning Show”. Film: Three Blind Mice (supporting). 
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Murtagh is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has been living and performing in NYC for the past seven years.  From readings to workshops to full productions, he has had the pleasure of working with some of Broadway’s Best: Robert Cuccioli, Victoria Clark, Andrea Marcovicci, Teri Ralston, Paul Gordon, and Mercedes Ellington to name a few. CREDITS: New York: Sir Proops in Jekyll & Hyde (Westchester Broadway Theater), Oscar Wilde in A Man of No Importance (Gallery Players), Eddie Murphy in Blacker (Duke Ellington Center for the Performing Arts), Sugar Hill Sisters (NYMF), Strike Up the Band! (Musicals Tonight!), The Bonapartes (Ars Nova). Regional:  Emma (TheatreWorks), The Secret Garden (Ray of Light), The Producers (Foothill), Coco & Mack and Mabel (42 St. Moon), Brimstone & Pageant (The Willows), and many more.  Sean Patrick received his B.A. In Theatre at UC Irvine.
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Pritchard is a New York-based actor/singer/writer. His most recent work has been featured at The Actors Studio, LAByrinth Theater Company, Lincoln Center, Primary Stages, LaMaMa, and The Atlantic Theater Company. He is currently on staff at the Park Avenue Armory where he assists in Bringing Arts Education to public schools throughout the five boroughs. He is excited to return to the Colorful World of AT BUFFALO.
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Reese is a NYC based actor whose credits include: My Heart is the Drum (Edward Adu, Gregory Award: Outstanding Actor); Man of la Mancha (Padre) at Theatre Latte Da; Camelot at Westport Country Playhouse; Book of Mormon National Tour; Hairspray (Seaweed) at Drury Lane; King Lear (Cordelia) with EPBB; when last we flew (Paul) at Fringe Encores, GLAAD Award – Best Off-Off Broadway Play; Fantasticks (Matt) at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. BFA: Carnegie Mellon.
6/20/17
A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Thompson is an alum of University of South Carolina-Aiken and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He recently appeared in American Stage's production of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come And Gone. He would like to thank God for all blessings and thanks to family and friends for love and support. Off-Broadway: Couriers & Contrabands. NY Theatre: A Soldier's Play, AT BUFFALO, Two Roberts, Split Second, Sweethearts Of Swing, Flambeaux. Regional: Voodoo Macbeth, Seven Guitars, A Lesson Before Dying, Mary Stuart. Film/TV: Ophelia, Ying-Yang, City of Dreams