An ambitious site-specific multimedia installation blending live performance, visual media and film, will occupy the historic Franklin Street Railroad Station in Downtown Reading, re-animating the long vacant building. Using as it’s foundation, the hardships, challenges and triumphs of people living in and around Reading, Pa., THIS IS READING will weave their individual stories into one cohesive and compelling tale of the city. Exploring the various viewpoints of the diverse community, the Installation will give the audience a vibrant and unique perspective of the city of Reading.
Created by Writer Lynn Nottage, Film maker Tony Gerber, Theatre Director Kate Whoriskey, Choreographer Rennie Harris, Projection designer Jeff Sugg, Set Designer Deb O, Composer Kashaka, Lighting Designer Amith A. Chandrashaker, Sound Designer Nick Kourtides and Producers Santo Marabella, Blake Ashman-Kipervaser and Allison Bressi.
Featuring Vanessa Aspillaga, Russell G. Jones and Michael Puzzo
SWEAT PLAY LIST Smooth – Santana Big Pimpin’ – Jay-Z 107 degrees – Citizen Cope When a Woman’s Fed Up (radio version) – R. Kelly Teardrop – Massive Attack American Woman – Lenny Kravitz The Real Slim Shady – Enimem Maria Maria – Santana Salvation – Citizen Cope Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz No More Drama – Mary J. Blige Just Fine – Mary J. Blige Bullet and a Target – Citizen Cope Little Black Submarine – Black Keys Live With Me – Massive Attack Everything Is Everything – Lauryn Hill You can listen to Lynn’s playlist on Spotify by clicking here.
Extracting Art From a Downfall The New York Times By LYNN NOTTAGE JULY 30, 2015 A broken city gets a turn onstage in the play Sweat
A Musical Interlude courtesy of the Virunga Church Choir Directed by Tony Gerber, Market Road Films