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Ndebele Funeral

“…this funeral comes fully and furiously alive.” -THE NEW YORK TIMES

NDEBLE FUNERAL – The world of modern South Africa through the aspirations and loss of three characters whose lives intersect in a Soweto shantytown.

Ndebele Funeral live-streamed to schools

Heart breaking and hilarious, Ndebele Funeral pulls audiences into the music, art, and dreams of South Africa’s past and its present.

Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative’s powerfully physical production explores the struggles and hopes of the first generation of South Africans to come of age after Apartheid.

Poignant and darkly funny, Ndebele Funeral  features original music from Spirits Indigenous, and gumboot dancing from the mines in Jo’burg.

Written By Zoey Martinson
Directed By Awoye Timpo
Choreography By Sduduzo Ka-Mbili And Cuereston Burge
Musical Direction Tuelo Minah

With Jonathan David Martin, Zoey Martinson, And Yusef Miller

“Martinson’s expertly acted, very dark drama, directed by Awoye Timpo, is made even more dark and powerful by short musical interludes, in which the three actors sing gorgeous, heartbreaking a-cappella songs and dance.” –The New Yorker

“Martinson has captured that chasm with uncommon sensitivity and a refreshingly unique voice.” “Go and see the play, read the research, and have amazing conversations with your friends” –Theatermania

“This company of actors is brilliantly connected and powerful; the play is rich and bare-boned; and the direction by Awoye Timpo taut and powerful. Ndebele Funeral is a true achievement of richness and humanity.” –Theater Pizzazz

Winner of the FRINGE NYC OVERALL EXCELLENCE AWARD for a Play

**** – TimeOut NY

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Jonathan David Martin Ndeble Funeral
Jonathan David Martin

Recipient of The Leonore Annenberg Foundation Fellowship for the Arts for his work as an actor and director. With Smoke & Mirrors he conceived and directed Point of Departure and Square Peg/Round Hole and performed in Ndebele Funeral. Other directing credits include The Tempest with Touchstone Theatre and Send ‘Em in or Send ‘Em Away at the NYU Freeplay Festival.

Jonathan has been an assistant director with Martha Clarke on Angel Reapers, and Jim Calder on his music-infused adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream, entitled Dream a Little Dream. As a performer, his credits include Lincoln Center’s Broadway production of War Horse as well as numerous productions as an MFA candidate at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Regional credits include Trouble in Mind at Two Rivers Theater, The Chosen at Portland Center Stage, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet with Shakespeare Santa Monica, and The Outsiders at Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Jonathan is also a co-founding member of Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle, WA. With The Ensemble he performed in the world premiere of Jane Martin’s Laura’s Bush as well as The Ensemble’s original plays Handcuff Girl Saves the World, Wonderful Life, and What is Sexy? He is also a member with Not Man Apart Physical Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles where he has appeared in Medea and Pericles Redux at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Television credits include “Unforgettable” and the upcoming NBC pilot “Believe” created by JJ Abrams. MFA New York University Grad Acting.

Zoey Martinson Ndebele Funeral

Zoey Martinson

Recipient of 2013/14 Directing Fellowship at Lincoln Center. As a writer her play Ndebele Funeral won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the NYCFringe Festival after being workshopped in South Africa. Ndebele Funeral was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Center: National Playwrights Conference and the LARK’s Playwright’s Week. She has written short plays for The Fire This Time Festival, and 48 Hours in Harlem, NYC. She is the writer and director of the Web Series A MINORITY REPORT. She co-created and directed Smoke & Mirrors/Per Aspera’s Skype Duet which won the 100 Grand award at the HAU2 Theater in Berlin, Germany.

As an actress she has performed at The Public Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Guthrie, Shakespeare On The Sound, Purchase Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, The Flea Theatre, Broom Street Theatre, Theatre in the Muz, South Africa, the National Theatre of Ghana, and the Diorama theatre in London.

Film/TV: “Are We There Yet”, “Restless City”, “Law & Order.” She has also directed two short films, a web series, one documentary and theatre in Ghana, South Africa, Berlin Germany, Los Angeles, New York City, Los Angeles and at NYU Grad Acting. BFA SUNY Purchase College, MFA New York University Grad Acting.

Yusef Miller Ndeble Funeral

Yusef Miller

Yusef is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellow and a Le Comte Du Nouy Prize recipient for excellence in playwriting at The Juilliard School. He is a MFA graduate of UCSD and BA graduate of Morehouse College.

As Actor, Yusef is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and LCT Directors Lab. Yusef has been featured Actor at Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Classic Stage Company, Arena Stage and other theatres.

Short film, Patent Leather Scars is Yusef’s debut as Producer. Short film, Ding Dong was produced by Raw Impressions, (NY short film festival, Ripfest #10).

Yusef’s play Breakfast was investigated at Lark, produced at Horse Trade Theater Group/The Fire This Time Festival. Yusef’s play Hookyjook, the Land of… was investigated at Théâtres de Nesle à Paris, Lark, LCT’s Directors Lab, The Ford Foundation and The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Future Classics Reading, was an Arnold Weissberger Nominee (Williamstown), Reverie Production’s Next Generation Playwriting Contest Semi-Finalist.

Zoey Martinson Ndebele Funeral

Zoey Martinson, playwright

Recipient of 2013/14 Directing Fellowship at Lincoln Center. As a writer her play Ndebele Funeral won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the NYCFringe Festival after being workshopped in South Africa. Ndebele Funeral was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Center: National Playwrights Conference and the LARK’s Playwright’s Week. She has written short plays for The Fire This Time Festival, and 48 Hours in Harlem, NYC. She is the writer and director of the Web Series A MINORITY REPORT. She co-created and directed Smoke & Mirrors/Per Aspera’s Skype Duet which won the 100 Grand award at the HAU2 Theater in Berlin, Germany.

As an actress she has performed at The Public Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Guthrie, Shakespeare On The Sound, Purchase Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, The Flea Theatre, Broom Street Theatre, Theatre in the Muz, South Africa, the National Theatre of Ghana, and the Diorama theatre in London.

Film/TV: “Are We There Yet”, “Restless City”, “Law & Order.” She has also directed two short films, a web series, one documentary and theatre in Ghana, South Africa, Berlin Germany, Los Angeles, New York City, Los Angeles and at NYU Grad Acting. BFA SUNY Purchase College, MFA New York University Grad Acting.

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Awoye Timpo, Director

THEATRE INCLUDES: New York: Chasing the Bird (Joyce Theater); Araby (La MaMa); The Vanished (site specific); Ndebele Funeral (Players Theater); Sonnets on Tap (Novisi); In the Continuum (Juilliard); Tears of Anatolia (Columbia); My Sister in This House (NYU). Workshops/readings: Joe’s Pub, Leviathan Lab, 52nd Street Project, Lark Play Development Center, Partial Comfort, Culture Project, Emerging Writers Group. As Assistant Director: My Children! My Africa! (Signature Theater); The Brothers Size (Public Theater); Two Trains Running (Two River Theater).
PREVIOUS WORK INCLUDES: Artistic Associate for August Wilson American Century Cycle Celebration (WNYC/The Greene Space); Associate Artistic Director for Shakespeare on the Sound; Van Lier Directing Fellow (Public Theater);

Sample Curriculum- Fall 2015 Live-Streamed Educational Theater Festival

Curriculum for each show will be tailored to Common Core and/or TEKS standards.

Each show’s curriculum will include several theme specific activities designed to ignite the student’s interest in, and understanding of, the major themes of each play.

Each activity is designed to encompass between 3 and 5 classroom periods.

The students will read the play and cite strong textual evidence to support their analysis of the theme, conflict and characterization in the play. They will explain the development of the theme, in the text, including how it builds and leads to a climax.

The students will analyze the structure of the play including the author’s choices of where to begin and end the play, the choice of comedy or tragedy and imagine the play in a different genre. How would that change it?

The students will discuss their point of view derived from the text and explain how they developed that point of view using the text as evidence.

Activity #1
The students will engage in a discussion using different topics related to the theme of each play. They will prepare and present evidence from the text to support the topic to stimulate a range of ideas. Create questions to ask others. Ex. Romeo and Juliet. Theme-family dysfunction good or bad?

Activity #2
The student swill create a digital media presentation ( audio, visual) to enhance reasoning and evidence to support discussion based on theme, conflict and/or characterization.

Activity #3
The students will memorize and perform scenes from play demonstrating a command of the language.

This is a general sample of VirtualArts Education Curriculum. Detailed, play specific and age specific curriculum will be provided to each school/district upon enrollment.