Assistant Professor of Theatre, Tom Marion Receives a PSC CUNY Traditional-A grant

Assistant Professor Tom Marion has received a PSC CUNY Traditional-A grant for the development of his theatre project, Langston Hughes in Harlem.
Assistant Professor Tom Marion has received a PSC CUNY Traditional-A grant for the development of his theatre project, Langston Hughes in Harlem.  Originally performed as a reading in 2006 and performed by six actors and two musicians, the 55 minute performance weaves together over 50 of Langston’s poems into a musical and spoken word montage celebrating the history, exuberance, and spirit of Harlem.  Bob Holman, poet and proprietor of the bowery club, has given permission to quote him:  "The best retrospective of Langston Hughes' work I've ever seen – by far.”  The Culvert Chronicles stated:  “Great poetry [with] a wide range of emotional and intellectual content.”  A fifteen-minute selection was subsequently featured at BAM's Expression in the Right Direction in 2006 with Will Powers.

Objectives:

  • To provide high quality programming for Black History Month 2016 at established NY institutional venues.  A high quality production will demand a performance capable of filling a traditional theater stage.
  • To strengthen the institution of York College through greater community involvement and artistic recognition. 
  • To educate and inspire audiences, including my students in oral interpretation of prose and poetry, and serve as academic reinforcement for the York College Speech discipline in general, and all “Speech Across the Curriculum” classes throughout our CUNY system.
  • To offer professional opportunities and experience to York College graduates as performers, stage manager, and/or backstage crew.
  • In the long run, a successful production could serve to create groundwork toward future funding and future projects as an outreach theatre in coordination with York College, Department of Performing and Fine Arts.  A successful production will be assessed by venue or institutional acknowledgement, attendance, and audience feedback.  The ultimate goal is to create a permanent professional outreach theatre called The Language Lab Theatre at York College.