Flushing is a new puppet piece for adult audiences being created by Linda Parris-Bailey, former Executive/Artistic Director of Carpetbag Theatre, and Eric Bass, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater. Directed by Kathie DeNobriga.
After years of knowing each other as theater colleagues, Linda and Eric discovered by chance that they grew up only a few miles apart at around the same time in Flushing, NY. Though their life paths took them in different directions and to different parts of the globe, they once again find themselves in a similar place– in the process of handing their theater companies to a younger generation of leaders and facing the Brink of leadership succession. Flushing is a journey that the audience takes with Linda and Eric from present to past to present and engages with issues of race, legacy, and identity. Together, we look into the abyss, sometimes from the edge of a South American volcano, sometimes from the window of a speeding subway train, sometimes through our parent’s nightmares to connect with where we come from and how we got here.
The project is being developed over a series of workshop residencies and will premiere in the Fall of 2022.
Eric Bass, Co-Director
Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass, has worked for over forty years as a director, playwright, performer and mask and puppet maker. In 1982, Mr. Bass founded Sandglass Theater in Munich, Germany, with his wife, Ines Zeller Bass. As a stage director, Eric has worked on four continents and his signature solo work, Autumn Portraits, toured around the world for three decades. His international projects include co-directing The Story of the Dog with Sovanna Phum Theater in Cambodia, Natan el Sabio with Teatro Luis Poma in El Salvador, and a puppet production of Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie for Theater Waidspeicher in Germany. Eric toured for six years in the Sandglass production of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, a piece about people with dementia, and continues to travel with Babylon, journeys of refugees, Sandglass’ puppetry and song exploration of the issues of fleeing war and violence and of how asylum seekers are received in a new homeland. Eric served for five years on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In 2010, he received the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Eric is currently working on a new production with playwright and performer Linda Parris-Bailey from Tennessee. The piece, Flushing, explores the importance of things and values that we pass on to the next generation.
Linda Parris-Bailey, Co-Founder of Carpetbag Theatre
Linda Parris-Bailey creates story-based plays with music focusing on themes of transformation and empowerment. She is also the former Executive/Artistic Director of Carpetbag Theater, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is the primary playwright-in-residence and the recipient of the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award in Theater. Her most recent work, Speed Killed My Cousin, was awarded a NEFA National Theater Project grant to support touring and an NPN Creation Fund grant. Between a Ballad and a Blues, her ode to Appalachian renaissance man Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, was developed with support from the NPN Creation Fund and the Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations. Her signature work, Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens, highlights the lives of Black women in the American Old West and continues to be performed around the country. Parris-Bailey is a founding member of Alternate ROOTS and Senior Advisor to the International Women Playwrights Conference. Her works have been published in Alternate ROOTS: Plays From the Southern Theater, Ensemble Works! and other anthologies of contemporary plays.
Kathie DeNobriga, Founding member of Alternate ROOTS
Kathie is a founding member of Alternate
ROOTS, a service organization for community-based artists in the South,
DeNobriga served as ROOTS' executive director and planning/development
director for ten years. Raised in Kingsport TN, DeNobriga holds an MA in
Theatre (Directing) from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC,
and a BA with honors in Speech Communications and Theatre Arts. Her
early employment includes directing and managing community theatres in
Smithfield and Sanford and working in the acting ensemble of The Road
Company, Johnson City, TN. DeNobriga was a Visiting Artist for two years
for the NC Arts Council, and a Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation's
Next Generation Leadership program and in the Rockwood Leadership
Institute. She is now a consultant, specializing in strategic planning,
building organizational capacity, staff/board retreats and creative
conflict engagement. She is project manager for the Arts and Democracy
Project, a member of the consultant pool at the Georgia Center for
NonProfits, and writes for the National Performance Network. She is a
certified mediator in the State of Georgia, and a board member for
Alternate ROOTS. After three terms as Councilmember DeNobriga is now
serving as Mayor for the City of Pine Lake, where she is an advocate for
and practitioner of arts and community development.
This project is made possible, in part, by contributions from The Carpetbag Theatre, Parris-Bailey Arts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Alternate ROOTS (2020 Artistic Assistance Project Development), the Network of Ensemble Theaters' Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), both supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by the National Endowment for the Arts.