6/6 performance to coincide with pre-trial hearings
with Matt Mezzacappa as Bradley and James Rose as Quantico Brig Guard
“I want people to see the truth, regardless of who they are because without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public”
Matt Mezzacappa as Bradley
photo credit Michael Premo
photo credit Michael Premo
On Friday, the fourth in a series of pre-trial hearings concluded at Fort Meade, Maryland. These hearings have focused on the extent of the charges Bradley will face and the failure of the prosecution to hand over to the defence the information they have asked for in order to make their case. We are only about half of the way through this process with Bradley’s court martial now not due to begin until November at the very earliest.
Despite the best efforts of the US military authorities to inhibit reporting of proceedings (efforts which have now led to legal action being launched by the US Center for Constitutional Rights and others) some information about what is happening is getting out, thanks in no small part to the efforts of activists and citizen journalists who have been attending the hearings and publishing their own reports.
In most court cases…
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This coming week, we will be performing 15 minutes of selected parts from “bradass87”! All performances are open to the public, so please be sure to stop by.
1pm at Zuccotti Park
8pm at Yippie! Cafe 9 Bleecker St
9pm at Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South
11am at Figment Festival at the DPL stage
9pm Yippie Cafe
We’ve had this up for a little while now, but for those who haven’t checked it out – we have a page on IndieGoGo to raise funds for our production.
Please check it out, donate if you can and if you can’t, spread the link! Also, be sure to click on the gallery section for photos from some of our rehearsals.
Our production, “bradass87” is coming along nicely. We’ve been holding regular rehearsals and weekly production meetings, we have our prison-grade steel toilet (!) and there will be photos soon of production sketches as well as photos of some of our rehearsals! None of this could be possible without all of the amazing people working together on this piece. That includes all of you donors out there. So thank you.
Below is our new promo image for the production! Coming up, those much promised photos!
Also, in an exciting announcement, we will be holding two fundraising premieres next week! On Wednesday the 6th we will perform “bradass87” in Liberty Plaza, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started, and on Thursday the 7th we will perform again at Judson Memorial Church in Washington Square Park. All are welcome, please do come by and keep an eye for updates on the specific times!
This site specific, experimental, documentary theater piece examines the conditions of solitary confinement that Bradley Manning was held in without charge in Quantico Marine Corp Brig in 2011. Bradley Manning was an Army Intelligence Analyst who allegedly perpetrated the largest leak of military and diplomatic classified documents in American History. Using the AIM chat logs between Manning and hacker Adrian Lamo published in Wired magazine as our text and Manning’s solitary confinement cell as our setting, “Bradass87” will premiere at the 2012 Figment Festival.
Manning is currently standing trial and his actions have led to popular uprisings worldwide and the end of the Iraq war. This story is not covered enough in the press and the production is timely as Manning is currently in pre-trail hearings. Check out the site for more information regarding Bradley Manning and our show.
The exact dimensions of the solitary confinement cell Manning was held in at Quantico Marine Corp Brig in 2010 will be recreated. A piece of plexi-glass or another hard surface separates the cell from the audience where two guards stand outside at all times. It is currently mobile, allowing us to take this piece wherever it is needed.
Using the chat logs between Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo as source material where Manning discusses his leaks of 250,000 government files to WikiLeaks and how he feels the public needs the information to make informed decisions, his childhood growing up in Oklahoma, as well as his gender dysphoria and feelings about the war in Iraq and his access to secret information. Imposed upon the text are the conditions of solitary confinement in military prison where Manning is held under prevention of injury suicide watch and checked on by guards and made to respond every five minutes, stripped nightly before going to sleep, and kept from exercising or moving around too much.
While Manning speaks his lines, all of Lamo’s are projected on to the wall at the back of the cell, highlighting the loneliness and isolation of solitary confinement which is designated as torture by the UN. Also projected is the Collateral Murder video that Julian Assange produced from Manning’s leaks projected onto the plexi door and as are other images that Manning mentions in the chats.