"STIRRING THE WATERS..." TESTIMONIALS
The national tour of STIRRING kicked off at Vanderbilt University's Langford Auditorium on Friday, February 28, 2020. Regretfully, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all remaining tour dates have been cancelled until further notice. Hopefully, these compelling images from the Nashville performance will inspire all of us to anticipate the day when we can convene again in theatre spaces to experience transformative art together.(PHOTO CREDIT: Quentin Cox, courtesy of Vanderbilt University)
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"STIRRING THE WATERS..." WORKSHOP AT THE KENNEDY CENTER REACH
On Sunday, October 27, 2019, we were pleased to present a workshop presentation of STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA before a standing-room-only crowd at The Kennedy Center REACH. Scroll down to read performance reviews.
ROY PATTEN, JR.
STIRRING THE WATERS... is one of the first works to be developed through the Kennedy Center’s newly-inaugurated Social Impact Arts Residency.
National Touring Cast
Produced by NEWORKS PRODUCTIONS
and EDGEWOOD VENTURES
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STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA is a multimedia touring production illuminating the Civil Rights Movement for new audiences. Conceived by American composer Nolan Williams, Jr., STIRRING THE WATERS... combines captivating music, spoken word and dance with stunning visuals to highlight seminal moments from the Movement from 1954 to 1968, connecting the past with the present.
"STIRRING THE WATERS..." IN THE NEWS...
Click below to read the Washington Post feature announcing the workshop presentation and performance reviews by D.C. Metro Theatre Arts and the Washington Informer!
"Electrifying. Awakening. ...Exquisitely bold and utterly holy"
-D.C. Metro Theatre Arts
MONIQUE STEELE GRIFFITHS
The Opening Festival for The REACH, the expansion project of the Kennedy Center, featured an open rehearsal of STIRRING THE WATERS... on Saturday, September 7, 1:00 to 4:30pm. Here are images and video from this showcase.
To the Howard University Department of Theatre Arts for its role in the development of this work.
-ARIEL DAVIS, Program Manager, Social Impact, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
"Georgetown University has had the honor of working with Nolan Williams for more than a decade and is proud that musical works commissioned by the university are featured in his inspirational production STIRRING THE WATERS ACROSS AMERICA."
-MARY HAINES, Director of Protocol and Events, Georgetown University
"Through its images, music, dance, and overall narrative, STIRRING THE WATERS... offers a multi-sensory, inspiring experience that... is brilliant, stunning, and stirring... [It] links the past to the present, while offering a solution-oriented blueprint for an improved future. Williams and his team have set the mark high and America is better off for it!"
-ROBERT J. PATTERSON, Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University and author of Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality
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Conceived, Written and Music Directed by
NOLAN WILLIAMS, JR.
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