Equal parts performance art and domestic drama, RIP explores the collapse of a young couple's union. Written by screen and stage actress Danielle Deadwyler (The Watchmen, Atlanta), and starring Jasmine Thomas, this show is a breathtaking deep dive into the lifecycle of relationships.
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Show 1: BACKSTAGE AND OTHER STORIES
Show 2: STIFF
Show 3: CHORUS OF BEARS
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT
Danielle Deadwyler is a multidisciplinary performance artist, actor, and filmmaker. An Atlanta native, Deadwyler is rooted in theatre, dance, and creative writing. Hometown staples such as Gate City Heritage House, Total Dance Theatre, Gary Harrison Studios, Atlanta Street Theatre, Henry W. Grady High School, and Spelman College cumulatively honed Deadwyler amongst a distinctly Southern landscape. As a graduate student under Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley, she focused her analysis on issues facing women and African Americans while attaining a Master’s of Arts in American Studies from Columbia University. As a professional actor, Deadwyler has performed in productions with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre and the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. She is the Creative Loafing Atlanta Critics Pick for Best Actress (2013) and Reader’s Pick for Best Performance Artist (2017). In 2015 she was the winning recipient of the Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a play. Of her first performance art works included (dis)possessed: the live mixtape (2013), a one-woman theatrical performance art project, Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Art as a part of their Black Box series. Deadwyler made her television film debut in A Cross to Bear on the Up Network. She has since guest-starred in Being Mary Jane (BET), Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots (OWN); as well as Atlanta (FX), Greenleaf (OWN), Watchmen (HBO), and the recent P*Valley (Starz) among others. As a filmmaker and producer, Deadwyler’s work has been screened in the first annual Creative Loafing Atlanta shorts contest (2011); WonderRoot Local Film night (2013/2015), and Hartsfield International Airport (2016). The multimedia project MuhfuckaNeva(Luvd)Uhs: Real Live Girl film was the Jury award winner of the WonderRoot Film Night (2015). She also starred in and co-produced the American Black Film Festival 2014 HBO Shorts Official Selection Ir/Reconcilable, a short film starring Jasmine Guy, Dick Gregory and Crystal Fox. Her short film, SuPerHeRoInUh, screened amongst ten finalists as a part of the Airport Shorts 3.0 program, and the Atlanta Film Festival 40th anniversary, Hartsfield Jackson Airport for the duration of a year. As performance artist, Deadwyler’s race and gender-centric works have been included in MAMBU BADU collective's exhibition If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can't We Go Somewhere There? (D.C.), Mint Gallery (ATL), Whitespace Gallery (ATL), The Luminary (STL), and the Atlanta Film Festival. She has been supported by grants from IDEA CAPITAL (2014/2017), ELEVATE Atlanta, Living Walls (2016), Synchronicity Theatre Stripped Bare Lab, WonderRoot Walthall Fellow, Dream Warriors Foundation, and the city of Atlanta. She has been an Atlanta Film Festival Filmmaker-in-Residence. Currently, she is a MINT Leap Year Residency Fellow.
Cast + Crew
Dionna D. Davis
Assistant Stage Manager
Felipe Barral and IGNI Productions
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