Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jamaica HS: The Play WAS The Thing

Jamaica HS Chapter Leader James Eterno posted this at the ICE blog. See the zines I posted that the students produced: YOU'RE INVITED TO SEE THE BANNED PLAY AT JAMAICA HS.
We are hoping to get some of the performers down to the Jan. 21 4:30 press conference at Tweed and/or the Jan. 27 rally.

ALSO - COME TO THE JAMAICA HEARING ON THURSDAY JAN. 20 TO SHOW SUPPORT. HOPEFULLY THERE WILL BE SOME PERFORMANCE ART GOING ON. I HOPE TO GET THERE TO TAPE.

Note: If you have no access to Facebook, we will post the link when it goes up on you tube.

PREMIRE DAY AT JAMAICA!

Kids performed their play criticizing school closings at Jamaica yesterday. Take out the word Jamaica from the script and replace it with John F Kennedy HS or Norman Thomas or Beach Channel or Tilden, or Lane or Canarsie or many others and you could perform this piece all over the city. In fact you could show it in many cities across the country.

Below is a facebook link to a pretty good quality recording that one of the students made. I hope it works so you can judge for yourself what all of the fuss was about. Also, here are links to the current Daily News and NY1 stories on the play.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1747656686320&comments

In addition to the News and NY 1, there were a number of other media people in attendance at Jamaica yesterday including the NY Teacher and Anna Gustafson from the Jamaica Times. Councilman Leroy Comrie, a representative from Mark Weprin's office, Ken Cohen from NAACP and his wife, John Lawhead and Joan Seedorf from ICE, my wife, mother in law and daughter, plenty of Jamaica teachers as well as retirees and hundreds of students and free speech lovers were all in the audience. I guess it is the closest we will get to an opening night on Broadway at Jamaica. There was a great buzz in the place.

I hope all of you can see the play. Maybe the students and their teacher from CUNY, Brian Pickett, will put on more performances in other venues.

On a related note, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. is this year's Joint Public Hearing for Jamaica. Come on out as we are easy to get to (F train to 169th Street; exit at back of station and walk up the hill two blocks on 168th Street.)

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