It's a new tomorrow and things and people are coming together, so I thought I would take a moment to share once again the idea and mission of BLACK TENT PRODUCTIONS and where I hope to see it in the near future while I share the current project with you.
BLACK TENT PRODUCTIONS' mission is to do new works of theatre that challenge and question the social dynamics of society addressing issues in the arts as we raise into question those sensibilities of ideas and thoughts that raise internal questions of person and being of those who would be spectators of our art.
It is simply art with a mission and purpose that is governed by artistic integrity and personal artistic accountability. We as artists raise into mind and heart what it means to be human as we question our own human potential. We as artists are armed with an idea and/or a question and in offering the speculation of our art we come to shape, alter, and define human understanding of personal and collective ideas of truths and sentiments of reality. With a simple thought of an idea or a question, we create or destroy society or ravage or reinforce or recreate those personal and collective truths.
If you really think about it, it is quite terrifying and yet ecstatic thing that we can do as an artist. Without art society, governments and religion would not be. Each and everyone is indoctrinated with the arts, whether it would the written word, visual, or musical.
BLACK TENT PRODUCTIONS first milestone is “THE PROBLEM WITH...” play that engages “Man” and the Audience with the thought of God and the Devil, and Man's peculiar curiosity where the Nature and Will of God and Devil come to be reflected back in Man's Humanism.
It is a humorist play that intelligently engages in serious thoughts and questions that come to perplex God, the Devil and Man alike, but Man acts as the 'Period, Question Mark, & Exclamation Point' of God's and the Devil's paternal and maternal banter going back forth, asking questions of Jonsey as they stamp-mark their personal points of observations.
After this play I wish to do 'STRANGERS' that raise questions about hopes and fears, each fostering and creating the need for the other to be, as Ester and her strange Kinship engage Frank and the Stranger who comes and goes with moments of offering, 'HAUNTS & MINDSCAPES', that was written on the premise of the question, 'What if we didn't have human reality to mirror or to shadow on the stage and the consciousness of the stage could still exist, what would it, what could it be?'. 'THE CIGARETTE BURN' inspired by my nickname from the Inklings writer's group 'the angry playwright' where the audience is the object the 'Cigarette Man's' conversation as he discourses with them about their human objectivity and peculiar sensibilities, 'MR. KNOCK' a play about women and beauty that takes the audience down the rabbit hole in Desiree's story, 'THE LETTER OF A SOLDIER' and 'THAT LAST SHOT IN THE DARK' plays that address war, man and nation, and 'THE ONE MAN SHOW' addresses suicide and the pain of it; these are just a few of the plays that I have written that I wish to produce.
I also wish to do new works by other playwrights to give them the opportunity to share their work and visions with the world, but it must be governed by that artistic integrity and personal artistic accountability and it must be more than just pure entertainment, it has to have some level human question.
In the beginning, we will be doing my works, the first season or so, and I would also like to do traditional work such as Rice, Sam Shepard, Albee, Beckett, Pinter and Sartre, those playwrights that edged on social commentary and dared to push the envelope. These were the playwrights that shaped my idea of theatre and 'World-stage' of the player and the idea of the play where the 'Human Question' is put to trial.
This is where I hope to see BLACK TENT PRODUCTIONS, doing new works and as experimental human pieces by strange and poignant playwrights, but first we have to start out with “THE PROBLEM WITH...”
So if you are interested and this little endeavor intrigues your artistic curiosities, I look forward to hearing from you.
Gavion E. Chandler~
'Man is his own devil.'