Posts tagged WombWork Productions
Nu World Resurrection - First General Meeting
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By: Marvin Roxas

"minute by minute, hour by hour, if truth is light, then knowledge is power..."
~Mama Rashida

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On Wednesday, both new and old members of Nu World Art Ensemble met together at the WombWork BlackBox Theatre to discuss plans, organization and ideas for the reunion and rebirth of the adult theatre troupe of WombWork Productions, Inc. We shared stories about seasonal in-house performances, upcoming productions, and community agreements that would hold Nu World Art Troupe members accountable. 

Rising Up! Planning Sessions
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by: Marvin Roxas

WombWork Productions, Inc. has been diligently planning their work on an 8-week curriculum in partnership with The Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center that will take place in two Baltimore City schools. The aim is to incorporate the WombWork Productions, Inc. virtues training and theatrical skills methodology into a personalized script-writing program where middle school students will have the opportunity to perform scripts that showcase and share their own personalized stories. The end products will include a published book of the students' stories, a video about the curriculum and script-making process, and a whole-day performance of the students' work at The Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center.

Wedding of David and Doralee
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By: Dr. David Fakunle

I’ll start with the beginning. I first laid eyes on Doralee in 2001, because there was a show that WombWork did at Theatre Project. I remember the exact scene where Doralee and Ola dressed as prostitutes, and I was in the audience and I laid eyes on Doralee and I said, “Oh I like her!” Ola wrote that part of the performance. That’s when I first saw Doralee on the first time. It wasn’t long after that that my sister and I joined Nu World. So you know, I’m in the company and once in a while Doralee would show up. It was a classic example of her being out of my league. And I always thought that she was so much older than me. Other than just the way she held herself, I always saw herself as much older and more mature; a woman. And it was always just hi or hello and nothing deeper.

Doralee and Ola Performing

Doralee and Ola Performing

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Fast forward to 2010, and I was starting back up with Nu World, because I was working in Virginia and I got a job with social security. On Facebook, there was this game where people would post numbers and anyone among their friends would take this number and you can find someone out about me. And trying to be cool, I put it out there that anyone who wants to say something for me can just message and send me. I was in the back of social security training and on Facebook. Then I received a message on December 7th 11:35pm from Doralee; I read it the next morning in class. It read, “I feel like there’s always something you wanted to tell me, but then again it might be wrong.”

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At that point, I broke down and cried. And I’m in the back of the room so no one saw it. I don’t know what gave it away, but she saw right through me. And it was a Wednesday, and I had rehearsal that night. I snuck out of the rehearsal room, and I called her and told her everything. That Friday night, we went on our first date, and we’ve been together ever since. I had to cut out a few women out of my life ever since haha. After the honeymoon period, we continued and I didn’t realize just how emotionally damaged I was. She allowed me to tap into emotions that I didn’t know I had. She was relentless with me and stuck with me even though I’ve pushed her away many times. And we’ve been a team, raising this kid and doing our best with this. So that is why we chose this date on the 8th, initially we were just gonna go to the courthouse. We realized that we couldn’t do this without our friends and family. We were gonna do it originally at our friend’s house, and then at a community center but that cost too much money, but then we realized that we could just do it at WombWork. It was the universe working the way it had to. And it was awesome seeing the people who came out to show their support in it coming together. That’s our style, we put things together to get everything together. It worked out perfectly and it describes our relationship in a nutshell. She balances me in a lot of ways.

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Young Audiences and Child First Authority: Preparing for Kwanzaa
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By: Stevanie A. Williams

WombWork Productions, Inc. is so excited to be a part of Baltimore's Young Audience's and Child First Authority's Programming happening in various schools around the city.  Through Young Audience's in-school programming at Dorothy I. Height, after-school programming in Johnston Square, and Child First Authority's after-school programs at Furman Templeton and Dr. Bernard Harris, WombWork has been able to aid in the mission of developing youth by strengthening and reforming schools and giving opportunities which provide high quality after school and in-school programs.

WombWork has the great task of working with youth Pre-k to fifth grade at Dorothy I. Height. Scholars at these elementary institutions have the opportunity to receive everything from virtues training and theater, to bucket drumming, singing and dance.  

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As the holidays approach WombWork artist at all these schools are preparing the scholars for their holiday performances in which each will be giving information about Kwanzaa and sharing songs, dance and facts about the holiday, African American history, and the resilience of families. Starting on December 18th at Dorothy I. Height and ending at Furman Templeton on December 21st, all scholars will share with their families, school community and friends what they have learned and give an all out performance spreading the joy and spirit of Kwanzaa.

UMBC Student Leaders and Community Leaders at BlackBox Theatre
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by: Marvin Roxas

"You get to know people by listening to them."
~Mama Deborah

"I usually don't get listened to..."
~UMBC Student

On Wednesday November 29th, 20 student leaders and community leaders from UMBC's Choice Program came to the WombWork Black Box Theatre to participate in a virtues training and discussion about talking about race. Facilitated by Mama Kay and Mama Rashida, the event opened up with participants introducing themselves and the virtue that most resonated with them at that moment in their lives. The group then paired off and spent five minutes actively listening to each other share both their darkest moment in their lives and their most shining moment in their lives. Other activities involved sharing personal viewpoints, perceptions, and opinions about race within small groups.

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The power of this workshop came from student leaders finding common ground to connect with one another's stories and recognize that they are not alone despite their differences. At the end of the event, students and community leaders shared in a meal catered by the local Agape House Catering.

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#MyBmore
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WombWork Productions, Inc.

#MyBmore #WombWork #Stories #Love

By: Marvin Roxas

In Baltimore, there are certain narratives that talk about the city's problems, its struggles, and its enormous potential. The #MyBmore campaign aims to share the positive stories and experiences of those who love this city and want to share what is happening here. Featured in this video is the President of WombWork Production, Inc., Dr. David Fakunle.

Share your stories about some Baltimore and WombWork Productions, Inc. love!

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