February: Music Cafe
Music Cafe 2020 featured Professor Abramam Gomez Delgado's Latin fusion trio, Zeemog 3. The band was followed by student performances.
Venus is an extraordinary play by Suzan Lori Parks about the life of Saartje Baartman, also known as the Venus Hottentot. According to the Signature Theater, which most recently produced it, Venus' story as follows: "Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today."
April: ANOWA by Ama Ata Aidoo: A staged reading
Directed by Amy Estes. First published in 1970, and possessing elements of Greek tragedy, Anowa tells the story of a young Ghanaian girl, who rejects the men who come to court her, and instead marries a very troubling character indeed.
February: COLORED: A BENEFIT for The Company.
Bessie award-winning choreographer, Kyle Marshall, brings his singular piece Colored to Bloomfield College's Black Box Studio in the Center for Technology + Creativity.
COLORED will be preceded by a student performance of dance and song titled "Searching for Answers," directed by Kellei Cosby.
From the KMC website: "Colored navigates the beautifully twisted spectrum of blackness that dancers Dare Ayorinde, Kyle Marshall and Myssi Robinson regularly embody. As three black dancers from varied backgrounds who work primarily with white artists, their work together in the studio leads to conversations on tokenism, appropriation, stereotype and representation. Colored is a filter for these thoughts and a celebration of cultural variation. This work features original music by Matt Clegg and was commissioned in-part by "Dance on the Lawn" Montclair Dance Festival, EMoves: Harlem Stage, and Jersey (New) Moves at NJPAC."
November: PLAYWRIGHTS IN PROCESS. Workshopping Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida
Bloomfield College actors, staff, and faculty will workshop Artistic Director Freddie Harris' new adaptation of Shakespeare's most infamous "problem play."
Synopsis: Caught between warring factions in a contemporary political landscape, Cressida navigates sex, relationships, and patriarchal violence in the wake of the #metoo movement.