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Kaleidoscope-CrownCOCAwrites Workshop: KALEIDOSCOPE CROWN

SAT, NOV 13 | 7:00PM – ASL Interpretation provided by Deaf Inc.
Runtime: 1 hour

Kaleidoscope Crown, by playwright Ashleigh Akilah Rucker, tells the story of a young girl who awakes with a shocking new ability: with every new feeling her hair is catapulted into multicolor tresses. Her new development throws the uniformity and peace of her small traditional village into disarray. Rucker draws inspiration from the art and traditions of the African Diaspora bringing the culture to the forefront of this new work.

The development of Kaleidoscope Crown was supported by ReImagine: New Plays in TYA, a joint effort of Childrens Theatre Foundation of America, The Kennedy Center, TYA/USA and Write Now.

COCA was selected as one of eight theatres in the country to host the development of a new play as part of ReImagine: New Plays in TYA, a groundbreaking initiative to support the development and visibility of new works for young audiences written by artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Read the announcement here.

Ashleigh Akilah Rucker, Playwright

Ashleigh Akilah Rucker is a writer, director, and producer who hails from San Diego, California. She has spent a decade using theatre and the arts to educate underserved communities throughout Southern California. Some of her theatre credits include Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear, Chekhov’s The Marriage Proposal, Suzan Lori-Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, and Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps. She has worked with renowned directors such as Larry Biederman, Irwin Appel, and Tony Award Director Mel Shapiro. Her short films include #Click and We Three, and she directed Rusty Proctor’s Faith Ties. Rucker is a graduate of UCLA Extension’s film school.

Alicia Revé Like, Director

Alicia Revé Like is an actor and singer/songwriter based in St. Louis. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Missouri. Like is a graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia with a degree in vocal performance. Other regional credits include: Peter and the Wolf (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), To Kill A Mockingbird, Puss in Boots (St. Louis Rep), Ghost, It’s a Wonderful Life (Metro Theater Company), Miss Julie, Clarissa and John (The Black Rep), The Wiz (Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, MO), and The Gringo (Fly North Theatrics). Like is currently the host of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s on-demand videos series SLSO SoundLab, discussing how music can be heard, felt and seenLike also performed in COCA’s Summer Musical: Billy Elliot.

C. Anthony Cole, Choreographer

C. Anthony Cole has been a dance artist for more than 20 years and earned his B.S. in Human Services from the University of Phoenix and a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Cole has created work for several theatre companies, including Common Ground Theater, Black Storytellers of San Diego, and the Ira Aldridge Repertory Players. Cole has produced and directed Collaborations Dance concerts and has been a Guest Choreographer and Teacher at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Additionally, he choreographed, directed, and produced Three for Daniel, a dance film, which documents the creation of three original works for Daniel Marshall, a former member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at COCA.