Event Times:Sep 12th – Sep 15th 2019
How do we navigate our worlds? We build maps of our histories, our memories, and our futures.
In 2016, theater director Kaneza Schaal and award-winning author for young people Christopher Myers flew to Munich, Germany, as 30,000 people a day were arriving in the city in the largest migration in recorded history. Listening to the stories of young refugees, they pondered how to create artwork that placed individual migrants squarely within this historical moment.
Combining simple storytelling with interactive video technology (audiences shape the onstage video projections from their own cell phones!), Cartography maps the perilous physical journeys and the confusing interior journeys which brought five young people from their old homes to their new ones. Performed by a diverse company of actors from El Salvador, Syria, Lebanon, South Africa, and Rwanda, this is theater for our times, theater for all ages, theater at its most relevant.
Part of the "SPARK: Fringe for Young Audiences" series of family-friendly programming.
The SPARK Series is made possible by a leadership gift from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund.
Cartography was made possible by a generous grant from The Joyce Foundation, and is a co-commission of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, and Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH, with additional development support provided by Young People’s Theatre, Toronto, Canada and Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Developed as part of New Victory Lab Works at The New Victory Theater in New York City. This play was workshopped and presented as a rehearsed reading in April 2018 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of New Visions/New Voices 2018.