Presented by ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage
Produced by The Builders Association and New York Theatre Workshop
Based on the books Reborn and As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff
Adapted by Moe Angelos
Directed by Marianne Weems
Assistant directed by Shannon Sindelar
Dramaturgy by James Gibbs
(Boston) Susan Sontag was a feminist journalist who wrote extensively on the topics that inspired her. She directed, produced and wrote for the stage. She was an atypical mother. She was unabashedly herself. She is/was not readily consumable for the masses (although very good, her writing is chewy and requires time for adequate digestion). It should come as no shocker that art dedicated to her life and artistic style is not either. Sontag: Reborn is not a sweet show that idealizes Sontag’s life. It is a dramatic rendering of her thought process through stream of consciousness monologues and quotes from her works. Attendees should prepare themselves accordingly.
True Colors: Out Youth Theater Troupe is a group of up to 15 youth, ages 14 – 22 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight allies. Through this program, youth work together to write a play based on personal experience, the experience of their peers, and LGBT youth issues, and then tour this play to schools, community organizations and state agencies throughout Massachusetts. Youth perform and participate in audience discussions after each show, using the arts as a means to educate about, and advocate for, the LGBT community and youth in particular.