2014 – 2015 season

2014 – 2015 season

A Place To Stand
September 25 - 27, 2014 | Santa Fe, NM
THEATERWORK is hitting the ground running with its 19th Season in Santa Fe, having said yes to hosting the premiere of a deeply moving film, A Place To Stand, which is the story of Jimmy Santiago Baca's transformation from a functionally illiterate convict to a beloved, world-renowned poet. It is an intimate journey into the life and mind of a master of his craft, a man who overcame a childhood of pain and rejection and who embraced language as a powerful way to transform his battered spirit. A Place to Stand is inspired by Baca's best-selling memoir of the same name, published by Grove Press in 2001, called “elegant and gripping” ( Los Angeles Times) and “an astonishing narrative that affirms the triumph of the human spirit” ( Arizona Daily Star). Set of events you will not want to miss:

With Eyes Wide Open! A Gathering of Poets

Thursday, September 25 @ 7pm
Natalie Diaz | Seema Reza | Tim Z. Hernandez | Jaime Chavez | Carlton T. Spiller An extraordinary reading by five guest poets from around the country, opening our three day celebration with their own words and vision. nat Natalie Diaz grew up in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and enrolled in the Gila River Indian Community. After playing professional basketball in Europe, she completed her MFA at Old Dominion University. She won a 2012 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellowship, a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a 2013 Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2014 Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her first book, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published in 2012 by Copper Canyon Press. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA Program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona where she helps revitalize and teach the Mojave language with the last Elder speakers at Fort Mojave. reza Seema Reza is a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, DC, where she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. She serves as a council member-at-large for the Transformative Language Arts Network. tim Tim Z. Hernandez was raised in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. Where he lived in farm-worker communities in the agricultural region. His parents were migrant farmworkers. It was during this time on the road that he developed an interest in travel and stories. As a young man he immersed himself in acting and the visual arts. He studied poetry and performance at CSU Long Beach, earning a BA in Writing and Literature at Naropa University. He holds an MFA form Bennington and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, El Paso's Bilingual MFA Creative Writing program. He is the recipient of many awards including the International Latino Book Award, American Book Award and the Zora Neal Hurston Award. jc Jaime Chavez is a native New Mexican Poet, community organizer, documentary-filmmaker, who resides in the Manzano Mountains, east of Burque. He spends much of his time in Atlixco's South Valley and on the road. He is completing a collection of 100 poems and will be featured in 200 New Mexico Poems, UNM press. He has published in a number of New Mexico Anthologies and has read with the major Xicano poetas de Aztlan en Moviemiento.   carl Carlton T. Spiller is a poet and performer, and a recipient of the American Book Award for his book, Scalding Heart. He has also been published in the anthology Aloud, Live From the Nuyorican Poets Café. Spiller has performed poetry throughout the world in such places as the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany, the capital building in Cuba, the United Nations World Conference in Rome,Italy, Wolftrap in Washington D.C. and many other places. Spiller is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nuyorican Poets Café, a vital New York cultural institution.

A Place To Stand - The Gala National Premiere of the Film

Friday, September 26 @ 7pm - at James A. Little



baca This documentary takes us to the heart of Jimmy Santiago Baca. He was born in Santa Fe. Raised by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage, he was a runaway by age 13. It was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he learned to read and write. His many honors include the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and the prestigious International Award. The film was made to serve people in need and to inspire anyone with a desire to transform their lives. Jimmy's story and his poetry have already changed the lives of thousands of people around the world. The makers of A Place To Stand intend to carry the momentum of his work even further. The initial efforts will be to get the film in front of at-risk youth, incarcerated populations and their families, other people on the edge…but the producers are also seeking out educational and theatrical screenings and television broadcast. see the PDF for more info about this project and ways you can participate:      

The Gala National Premiere of A PLACE TO STAND with:

An outdoor performance by Wise Fool New Mexico bringing together masked figures, dancers, stilt walkers and a giant puppet –La Madre del Rio Grande. A performance by Bel Canto – a vocal ensemble from Santa Fe High School under the direction of Marilyn Barnes, presenting traditional New Mexican music, art songs and a new song composed for one of the poems of Jimmy Santiago Baca. A proclamation of September 26, 2014 as Jimmy Santiago Baca Day in Santa Fe by Mayor Javier M. Gonzales.

Matinee screening: A Place To Stand

Saturday, September 27 @ 2pm - at James A. Little
Public conversation with J.S. Baca, Daniel Glick, Gabriel Baca and David Olson after the screening.

Sunlight & Shadow: From the Poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca

Saturday, September 27 @ 7pm - at James A. Little

Part One:

Breaking Bread With the Darkness: The Lucia Poems

A performance which brings poems written by Jimmy Santiago Baca for his daughter Lucia to the stage.
The poems burst from the heart of a father remembering the roads that brought him to the present – lifted by, charged up with, the love of his child.
Performed by: Rene Reyes, Marcos Kelly, Bradd Hopkins, Marcos Lopez Kelly, Daniel Vigil
“ …I believe in you, in your power as you leap on the trampoline, I believe that your laughter is the truest form of democracy…”

Part Two:

Thank The River For Another Day!

A dramatic reading of texts pulled from the collected works of Jimmy Santiago Baca,
performed by members of the THEATERWORK Permanent Company: Dan Friedman, Kat Sawyer,
Vanessa Rios y Valles, Jonathan Dixon, Elise Manning, Mona Malec, Curtis Williams.
“I place the downy breast feather I found at the river in the plant pot with the rest - a fledgling hawk's breast feather, its name-stone heart experiencing the joy of learning what wings are and the magic of water.”


September 25 - 27

Exhibit: Dust/ Rock/ Blades/Bones

Drawings by Eric Christo Martinez Pat Payne Room, James A. Little Theater These are drawings made for inclusion in the film A Place To Stand. Eric Christo Martinez was born in Albuquerque in 1979. Growing up he was fascinated by the arts, but it wasn't until his trip to prison – a ten year sentence- that he discovered his passion for the arts and “tonali” as he calls it – a Nahuatl word meaning destiny or calling in life.  

Writing Workshop: Thursday, September 25

Pat Payne Room, James A. Little Theater An extraordinary opportunity to work with Jimmy Santiago Baca in an intimate setting for an entire day. The participants are limited to twelve. There are still 4 places left. Those interested will be asked to make a $1,500 tax deductible donation to the film's distribution efforts. If you are interested in participating: info@aplacetostandmovie.com


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