Brooklyn, New York
In our third episode of Stage Left we visit the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in East New York, Brooklyn as they prepare for the annual production of MAAFA, a large scale production that explores the trauma endured by African people in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We look at how the creative team and members of the church transform the sanctuary into a living museum to create a healing journey for audiences.
Hosted and Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Featuring Dr. Rev. Johnny Youngblood, Michele Hawkins-Jones, Renée KeSeur, Stephanie Annette, Rolanda Dixon, Kaii Boyd, Kasiem Aboti Walters, Patricia Richards, Rose-Ann Rock, Teresa Ward, Paris Fishback, Carolyn Spann, Jamel Gaines, Kenya Cagle, Russell Dieterle, Therese McGinn, Jimmy Gary Jr., Martin Christie, and Pamela Blount
Cinematography by Noura Boustany Jost
Additional Videography by Janet Bentley
Assistant Directed by Melissa Ingle
Field Sound Mixer Micheal Rybicki
Original Composition and Sound Design by Janet Bentley
Stage Left Intro Electroblurgen "Gentle, Cruel Orb"
Stage Left Credits Music Janet Bentley and Andy Evan Cohen "The Rolypolys"
Additional Video Footage Provided by Michele Hawkins-Jones, Reverend Johnny Youngblood and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church
Stage Left Intro Photo by Jody Christopherson
Wardrobe Design by Stacey Oliver
Executive Producer Karen Gunn
Graduate Center Advisor/Consultants: Michael Mandiberg (ITP) and Dr. Jean Graham-Jones (Theatre and Performance)
Produced and Supported by Dominique Bravo, Jackie Shapiro, Patrick Clearly, Gerit Quealy
Special Thanks: Michele Hawkins-Jones, Robert A. K . Gonyo, Michael Mandiberg (ITP), CUNY Graduate Center Provost Digital Innovations Grant, Dr. Carlos Hernandez, Dr. Ximela Gallardo
This project has been supported by a grant from the CUNY Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and the Office of the Provost. This project is also supported by the NY Public Humanities Fellowship.