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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Performing Blackness Series - Streeetch Marks by Angela Kariotis

Fri, November 20, 2009 • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM • WIN 2.180

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Streeetch Marks is written and performed by Angela Kariotis. This multi-disciplinary piece will be directed by Florinda Bryant, the multi-disciplinary artist and new facilitator of The Austin Project.

Streeetch Marks is about being born, the circumstances of our birth, what we are born into, and the legacies we inherit. Ancestral lineage, familial ties, blood bonds, and surpassing the summation of our factual information like name, sex, race, and address. Remix a fetal heartbeat and bust an amniotic flow, this is a play that jams not on the ancient Greek philosopher's favorite cerebral cipher question, "What is the meaning of life?", but instead politics, "What does it mean to be alive, anyway?" The work is written in character monologues, poetry, drama, and dialogue and is performed with the movement of waackin', vogueing, and mime. This is hip hop theater. It's serious and seriously funny.

“Angela Kariotis is a one woman artistic showcase…in her trailblazing storytelling.”
~Rebecca Epstein, Los Angeles City Beat

Since 2002, Angela Kariotis has been performing across hyphens as a  community-based, hip-hop, Greek-American, writer-performer-activist from urban New Jersey. 

As an extension of her activist work, Angela’s creative works provoke thought and entertain, while aimed at cultivating social change. And because Angela is an active participant from within the Hip Hop culture, much of her work is committed to Hip Hop theatre. Exploring, expanding, and exciting.

Angela pairs her unique background with modern performance art to produce a one-of-a-kind artistic experience.  Using movement and gesture, she creates characters from her past and fuses them with all genres of literature, prose, dramatic poetry, song, and more, addressing ideas of ethnicity, class, home and family. Sarah Hepola of the Austin Chronicle has written, “She is a slam poet, using herself and her voice as her best prop. No, wait, she is an entertainer—dancer, a rapper, a mimic, a mime. No, wait, she is a comedian—like Margaret Cho, say, or John Leguizamo—mixing social commentary with hilarious stories of home. No, wait, she is none of those things, or all of them a-jumble, something all her own.”

Wherever she tours, Kariotis combines cutting-edge community residency work with inspired performance.

Angela is the writer and performer of the solo show Reminiscence of the Ghetto & Other Things That Raized Me, directed by the acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist Paul Bonin-Rodriguez. Reminiscence of the Ghetto… premiered in Austin, TX in 2004 produced by The Rude Mechanicals/Madge Darlington and Women & Their Work, which, when playing at the New York International Fringe Festival was described as “Inspiring, enlightening, funny, heart-breaking and boundary-breaking.. A new paradigm for underdogs everywhere.”-- NYTHEATRE.com. Say Logos Say Word was commissioned by the People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, and presented by Queens Theater in the Park in 2008. This piece featured the fusion between human beatbox, bass, and ancient Byzantine instruments as a score to a story about bridging the gap between ancient and modern Greece. Her newest work, Streeetch Marks, is supported by a National Performance Network Creation Fund Award in conjunction with The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for African and African American Studies and Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She was also awarded the 2007 Playwright's Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Tennessee Williams Theatre Fellowship from the University of the South, two National Performance Network residencies, and a grant from the Puffin Foundation. Angela and her work have been presented by venues such as UCLA-Live, The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago, IL, The Hip Hop Theatre Festival in New York City, and Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK.  She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and a former member of The Austin Project. Versions of Reminiscence of the Ghetto… first appeared at FronteraFest winning Best of the Fest in 2001, 2002, and 2003. For more information please visit www.angelakaRIOTis.com.

Sponsored by: John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies


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