Holidays are here…and what will Santa do without a North Pole?!

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As we embark on our theatrical season addressing climate change, some research has been done.   In watching Al Gore’s sequel, there are some enlightening facts that we now have realized we cannot ignore.   Over the past decade, hurricanes in New York, Houston, Florida, and other locations across the globe have taught us that sea levels are on the rise due to massive heating of structures that were once ice.   And in the U.S., we still have an administration that vastly opposes taking any action towards this crisis.

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Some facts to consider:

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With the facts above, what are the next best steps?

With Ripple Effect Artists’ Production of 2071 and our partnership with 350.org, we are committed to creating a safe and healthy planet for future generations–for no other reason than it is OUR FAULT.

This Holiday season, we at Ripple Effect Artists charge consumers with engaging in activities that can reduce our CO2 emissions.   These include:

Taking Trains

Recycle!

Give LED lights as Christmas Gifts!

Give a tree to plant as a Christmas Gift!

To learn more about our Carbon Footprint, give this a look!

 

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Stay educated and give our future generations the GIFT of a healthy planet.

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Spotlight on our upcoming Stage Manager…

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Stephen is thrilled to be working with Ripple Effect and the incredible team working with 2071. Stephen directing and produced “The Cover of Life” by R.T.Robinson – Off-Broadway. Production Stage Manager for “Blood Boundary” by Vicki Mooney – Off Broadway  Other credits include: Production Stage Manager – Into the Woods, Annie, Pirate’s – a musical, Macbeth, and Murder’s in the Heir.   Stephen is thrilled to be working with Ripple effect for so many reasons, including but not limited to the ability to bring theater to life to share an important message of change and art with those that may not have an opportunity to experience this. The world is always going to be changing, and we are part of the problem, reason or example that change can be for the better or for the worse. Ripple Effect has a strong connection that I believe in, within the exploration of charity, and how we are able to share what we have for others whether in our professional lives or personal. Ripple Effect is an inspiration because of the team that is involved to make Ripple effect possible, along with sharing this vision and message with the entire world at large. 

Welcome to season nine!

 

 

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Welcome to our 9th season! This season we’re tackling climate change. Climate change refers to the change of the standard weather found in a specific place. This could be a change in the rain or snow accumulation a place usually receives within a year or even a change in the place’s usual temperature for the month or season. Climate Change also refers to a change in the Earth’s overall climate. Unlike weather which can change in a few hours, climate takes hundreds or even millions of years to change (Dunbar 2015).

Throughout history, the Earth’s climate has fluctuated. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. The abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marked the beginning of the modern climate era (NASA 2018). Many factors can cause climate to change such as Earth’s distance from the sun, the amount of energy the sun emits, ocean levels, and when volcanoes erupt. However, most scientists agree when it comes to climate change, humans make the largest impact. Our everyday tasks such as driving cars, cooking food, and heating and cooling our homes use energy. Energy is generally made by burning coal, oil, and gas. These things release gas into the atmosphere and cause the air to heat up (Dunbar 2015). Since the 19th century, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit. Although this may seem low, the 5 warmest years on record have taken place since 2010 with 2016 being the warmest year on record (NASA 2018).

The signs of climate change are all around us. With wildfires plaguing California and hurricanes pummeling the east coast, it is important now more than ever to take action. Through our production of 2071 we hope to raise awareness and encourage others to take action to improve our current climate conditions.

2071 is a dramatized lecture written by scientist Chris Rapley and playwright Duncan McMillan. The piece is partially a memoir of Rapley’s life and career and partially an explanation of climate change and of the controversies surrounding it. The title, 2071, is the year in which Rapley’s oldest grandchild will be 67 years old. This was Rapley’s age when he first performed it in 2014 at the Royal Court Theater in London.

 

 

 

  

 

Works Cited

NASA. “Climate Change Evidence: How Do We Know?” NASA, NASA, 8 Aug. 2018,

http://www.climate.nasa.gov/evidence/.

 

Dunbar, Brian. “What Is Climate Change?” NASA, NASA, 13 May 2015, http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-climate-

change-k4.html.

 

Perhaps there is no cotton picking…yet, systematic racism continues….

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And it can only be proved by the article above.   It still shocks me to see such behavior.  In our productions and Talk-Backs with Our production of Ripple Effect Artists’ GUARDING THE BRIDGE/SPOKEN WORD, we address how while one may argue that there is progress, there is an inherent system at play.

Some stats that we must focus on coming from the NAACP:

  • In 2014, African Americans constituted 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population.
  • African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites.
  • The imprisonment rate for African American women is twice that of white women.
  • Nationwide, African American children represent 32% of children who are arrested,
    42% of children who are detained, and 52% of children whose cases are judicially
    waived to criminal court.
  • Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32% of the US
    population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015.
  • If African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites,
    prison and jail populations would decline by almost 40%.

 

And now let’s take a CLOSE look at the 13th ammendment:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

 

This systematic and ongoing slavery has taken another form.

 

Steps to take:

Sign this PETITION in New York to ensure Police are required to go through a board review.    Without this, the systematic racism that occurs in the Penal System continues.

Attend our phenomenal performance of Ripple Effect Artists GUARDING THE BRIDGE by visiting http://www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

 

Spotlight on Actor Scott Zimmerman

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Scott Zimmerman (Dad) is thrilled to be working with Ripple Effect Artists and to bring awareness of important social issues to the forefront. Recently, Scott was seen as Leo in Red Shark Productions’ staging of “The Irish Exit” at The Hudson Guild Theater, as Larry, in the controversial play “The Ride” at Theater for the New City, and as Judge Ketterson in the highly acclaimed and socially explosive “Al Takes A Bride” at Oxford Space, Bkln. Scott is a proud member of Actors Equity and is proudly represented by EMERGING TALENT AGENCY (Albert Bramante) and AAG TALENT MGMT. ( Deborah Dotoli). As always thanks to Sam, Lindy, Lis, Ackerman Klan, Marci, Louise.

 

 

As  we approach this Holiday, it is often forgotten that our Founding Fathers were slave-owning white men with privilege.  While we consistently honor what they do, we must remember they too were men who viewed other people as lesser humans.   It is this sort of inherent bias that has been on-goingly discussed in our production of GUARDING THE BRIDGE and SPOKEN-WORD with DAWN SPEAKS.

Actors who can empathize with roles who we feel are villains have a great skill to be admired.  Scott Zimmerman has done just that in playing the bigoted father in GUARDING THE BRIDGE.  Scott, for your great work, we thank you.

See him in two more performances on July 18th and 30th.   Tickets at http://www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

 

What does art have to do with Stewarding Racial Diversity?….

At Ripple Effect, we say a lot….and here is proof….

 

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Over the last week, there have been hundreds of talks with scholars, students, comics, actors, and esteemed professionals analyzing this controversial and impactful video.  Questions start with “What does the first gun shot mean?”  “Why are they dancing with a fire in the background?”  And “Why the White Horse?”

When I (Executive Director of Ripple Effect Artists/Lead Producer of Guarding The Bridge Off-Broadway) first viewed this, I had many visceral reactions.   What I took away was that the entire video (with the exception of the final scene) was only African American people.   What I saw constantly was their joy, their vibrancy, their singing and dancing and just how full of life/spirit they were only to be followed by a quick and thoughtless murder.   And after all the oppression and violence, the narrator is just exhausted and needs a joint.   And what does that lead to?   More black men in prison while further feeding the white agenda of continuing slave labor.   What this also caused me and millions more to do was consider how much we pay attention to media instead of what is needed.  And these were just my interpretations.

So, does art make a difference?  I think that point has been properly addressed.   At Ripple Effect Artists (much like this video), we GO there.   We go to the uncomfortable places with regards to the ongoing subversive racism that exists in this country.  We show a man rolling  “N” word off his tongue as though it is perfectly acceptable.   We show the anger of an African American Female who has confronted outrageous oppression despite her multiple degrees and accolades.   Why?  Because it has people talk.   Talk about what?   Ways they can be aware and aid in society.   What do we ask people to do?   Take actions to further the responsibility we as white people need to take after centuries of assuming enough privilege to justify rape, violence, murder, and slavery.

Our next show is on June 19th–Juneteenth/Day of Emancipation.   Cost is $18.65 (The year of Emancipation).   See http://www.rippleeffectartists.com.

Thank you for reading.

 

A word from Our Spoken-Word Artist–Dawn Speaks!

 

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It’s simple really.  My journey in the field of education started out pretty simple. I wanted to be a college professor to start. And shortly after I returned from NY from graduate school I became a NYC Public School teacher and while my time in the system wasn’t long it was impactful.

It was long enough for me to see that I did not enjoy yelling at children, that threats were a way that many teachers managed young boys of color and when that failed call the Dean or School Safety on them to CONTROL them. That did not work for me and when released from my job, I made the leap into non-profit. Thinking I would have more autonomy and more opportunities to create the kind of programs that I was clear could have a powerful impact. But those places too had systems in place. It occurred to me at some point that they were only interested in me as a means of using my education and blackness to infiltrate the communities that they believe were “in need”.

 

Now, I spend a great deal of my time working with educators, administrators and schools on how to impact young people in ways that support them and ultimately eradicate them being moved from the school to prison pipeline. The journey is certainly not over by any means. And I use whatever platform is at my disposal to be able to impact change wherever possible. As I have been frequently told, “I am at the bottom of the next mountain.”