Music: The Pound by Patrick Lee
Reel edited by Nick Abeel
Images by Bjorn Bolinder
Video Footage by Jacob Hiss and Shiho Kataoka
Immense gratitude to all of you who made our Remote Black & White Ball dreams come true! Our interpreters, attendees, organizers, honorees… Happy New Year, gosh darnit. What a way to bring us into 2021. We’re still sore from laughing in the Escape The Room and dancing at the Zoom afterparty. It’s a great feeling.
Thank you, too, to those who reached out about wanting to support despite not being able to come “in person” at the remote event. We understand that the world is topsy turvy these days. You were there in spirit! Can’t wait to have you next year when Bjorn’s photo booth is back in business and we can do the horah again. I can already hear Eleni’s sweet voice singing to us!
The Ball numbers: Including all donations via ticket sales, box orders, online and other donations, we raised $13,714 from 144 separate donations!!! Ho. Ly. Smokes. If you haven’t made your donation yet, you can still do so here: Support BKBX. Let’s make some art in the new year, shall we?
Check out these links below if you missed some of the “mainstage event,” want to leave BKBX a note, or to find yourself on our BKBX Community List. Running an arts nonprofit takes a village – and so does surviving a shut down in this surreal land of pandemia. Thank you for believing in the power of the performing arts. We look forward to making you proud in 2021 and beyond.
With love, resilience, and gratitude abounding,
As has become clear, the Movement that surrounds us is a complex, dynamic, multi-faceted story of police brutality, equal rights, white supremacy, white fragility, systemic racism in America, inheritance, allyship, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices, transphobia, the patriarchy, (social) media, violence, and more. How can we tell our little ones about what’s going on in a way that does not dilute or dumb down the information, but that also does not confuse or destabilize them?
The team at BKBXKids! has spent this week researching this very question, and it’s only just begun. Today we’re debuting three videos for kids (toddler episode on Protest, non-verbal toddler episode on Black Lives Matter, and older kiddo episode called “Become A…Protester!”) that attempt to offer a clear, engaging, and empowering point of view. We hope that these episodes can be used as a resource to start conversations with your kids. We also link to a few of our favorite readings, podcasts, and websites we found along the way in the video descriptions. Here’s the playlist: BKBXKids! – Social Justice & Anti-Racism for Kiddos
These three videos are a part of our BKBXKids! Spring Season, the rest of which you can find here and will continue to debut weekly. In the upcoming week or two, you’ll also see a brand new series called BKBXKids! Asks Why, a platform by which to explore complex subjects for young’uns that engage both body and mind. We’ll start this series by talking about America’s history of white supremacy, enslaved people and the heritage of their enslavers, and activism.
As for the grown-up art-making, BKBX is working on bolstering our house as an anti-racist one, both through self-reflection of what we are and preparation for what we hope to become. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you wish to discuss how our organization is engaging in this urgent work. For now, we will continue it daily and work on creating new storytelling for kids and their families.
Please engage with us – let us know what you think of the videos, what your nieces and nephews think of them, what else you’d like to see from BKBX. If you are someone or know someone who has had a negative time in any of our spaces, pass them along to the lady in charge over here. We are committed to being a part of the change in American Theater.
BKBXKids! Online is back with more fresh, new videos for young ones and their families! We’re posting new kids videos three times a week, which will include both spoken portions and wordless, Mimey goodness. After a successful pilot launch in April, our full Spring Season introduces silent storytelling to toddlers and little ones, presents engaging games for older kiddos, and offers wordless videos geared towards the neurodiverse and beyond. Featuring original music from our collaborating musicians, join BKBX and friends on all kinds of fun adventures—all from the comfort of our own homes! Head over to our BKBXKids! Youtube channel to view all of our videos from Kids Week. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to stay up to catch the new videos!
PS: do you like what you see? Do you have, feedback or ideas for games and stories? Interact with us on social media or email us at: BrokenBoxEducation@gmail.com We want to hear from you (and your kids)! You can also click here to find out more about BKBXEd and click here to find out more about BKBXKids!
Get Lost In: THE QUEST!
The beloved nerd culture site, Nerdist, features our latest made-for-the-screen short film! Directed by Resident Collaborator Michael Lukk Litwak, “The Quest” follows a group of D&D-loving tweens as they transform into their alter egos, seek adventure, and beat the D20 odds. CLICK HERE to read the article and CLICK HERE to watch the film on Youtube!
We have decided to postpone UNBOXED: Anatomy of a Scene exploring “The Good Detective.” We at BKBX are grappling with the ongoing atrocities against Black lives and how we, as individuals and a company, can unequivocally support Black Lives Matter and practice anti-racism. This piece did not feel like it fit the tone of this moment and we are exploring other options for this series. Stay tuned for upcoming info on UNBOXED and see below for info regarding our latest kids’ videos. Thank you; we love you.
From the Recent Past
QUIET RIOT Livestream
- LA: Lyric Hyperion (where we were going to perform!)
- LA: Inner-City Arts (where we were going to do a service show for families in crisis!)
- NYC: Indie Theatre Fund (supporting small theater companies like us during Covid19!)
- NYC: Low-Income/Freelancer Relief Fund (supporting theater folx and beyond whose livelihoods have been put on hold!)
- NYC: BKBX (that’s us!)
KITCHEN SINK RESIDENCY
BKBX is thrilled to be among 5 companies in residence at the new Theatre Row over the next 2 years! Part of their inaugural Kitchen Sink Residency, our first work-in-progress showing was Valentine’s Day weekend, and our workshop show is comin’ up this July. More updates to come!
Nick Abeel*, Becky Baumwoll*, Dinah Berkeley, Ismael Castillo, Duane Cooper*, Géraldine Dulex, Blake Habermann*, David Jenkins*, Tasha Milkman, Marissa Molnar*, Joél Pérez*, Regan Sims*, and Matt Zambrano*.
* denotes performed in SKIN
Collaborating Musicians on SKIN:
Jack McGuire, Wes Braver, Grace Oberhorfer, Eleni Arapoglou, Dan Karp
Artistic Director: Becky Baumwoll
Resident Stage Manager: Esti Bernstein
Resident Lighting Designer: Jamie Roderick
Photo credit: Bjorn Bolinder