Cloud Nine New Works Series

Coming in Autumn 2020

Dear friends, it is with heavy hearts that we are postponing our April workshops of Tanuja Jagernauth’s Fuck Cancer and Marisa Carr’s Punk Rock Mix Tape Play until autumn. It is our practice at Cloudgate to value people over product, and artist over art. As this pandemic has rippled around the globe, it has become clear that our values demand that we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our artists and our audiences. We believe in these plays and playwrights, and we eagerly await the day that we can share their urgent, searing work with you. We urge you to support the arts and artists in any way you can. 

 

We believe in the civic function of theatre and in the incredible power of sharing space. It is central to our artistic identity. And in this time, we are exploring the ways those functions transcend the physical meeting place and triumph over fear and uncertainty. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues whose lives and livelihoods are jeopardized. The ghost light is now our beacon of hope, and we know it will guide us back to the theatre soon.

Tanuja Devi Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, arts administrator, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. A former acupuncturist, Tanuja aspires to practice four frameworks for collective liberation and wellness through theatre: self/community care, harm reduction, trauma informed experience facilitation, and body positivity. Born in Guyana, raised in Arizona, and currently living in Chicago, Tanuja’s artistic work employs humor, expressionism and magical realism to explore diasporic identity, the violence of assimilation, sexual and domestic violence, family, spirituality, and the process walking between worlds and healing from generational trauma. As a non-Black person of color, Tanuja is dedicated to using her artistic and political work to challenge anti-Black racism in all communities and further the interests of prison abolition and Black liberation. Tanuja is honored to be an Associate Artist with Cloudgate Theatre and Prop Thtr, and she is the proud Operations Manager for Free Street Theater. She looks forward to workshopping Fuck Cancer and can’t wait to share it with her community as part of the Cloud Nine New Works Series in April 2020.

F#CK CANCER by Tanuja Jagnernauth

Grace is an uninsured activist dedicated to the fight against climate change. Vandana is an uninsured fresh-out-of-school acupuncturist on a mission to prove herself as a healer. When Grace becomes Vandana's patient their shared struggle against Grace's cancer tests each of them in ways they never could have anticipated. F*ck Cancer is a meditation on the ways we see and treat power, the planet, and the patient-practitioner relationship.

Marisa Carr is a playwright who recently transplanted to Chicago after a decade in the Twin Cities. Her work has been presented and/or produced by theaters including: The Guthrie, Pillsbury House + Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Intermedia Arts, and Pangea World Theatre. Selected recent awards and honors include: Scratchpad at the Playwrights' Realm (2019-2020), P73 Finalist (2019-20), Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival Finalist (2019), McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting Finalist (2019), Jerome Artist Fellowship Finalist (2019), Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist (2019), Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residency (2018), Forward Flux Three New American Plays Commission (2018), Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017), Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow (2016-17), Naked Stages Fellow at Pillsbury House + Theater (2015), and “Best New Political Playwright” (Lavender Magazine, 2014). Marisa is also Co-Founder/former Artistic Director of the Turtle Theater Collective, a Twin Cities-based company committed to producing high-quality, contemporary work that explores Native experiences and subverts expectations about how and when Native artists can create theater. She is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe from the Turtle clan.

PUNK ROCK MIX TAPE PLAY by Marisa Carr

Being a teenage girl is hard, and being a teenage brown girl is harder – but being a teenage brown girl in the punk scene during the post-9/11 Bush administration? That’s something else entirely. This coming-of-age play, loosely structured as a mix tape, sits at the intersection of race, gender, and youth, and explores the cost of finding your place in a world shifting rapidly in ways you barely understand.

Photos by Austin D. Oie

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