The Revival: It Is Our Duty
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About this commission
Creative Team and Core Singers
Troy Anthony is a Kentucky-born composer/lyricist, director, and theater-maker based in NYC practicing Black queer joy. He has received commissions from The 5th Avenue Theater, The Civilians, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Shed. He’s enjoyed residencies with Musical Theater Factory (MTF), The O’Neill Theater Center, and Village Theater. Additionally, he’s presented work at Joe’s Pub, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, JACK, Prospect Theater Company, the National Alliance for Musical Theater Conference, and 54 Below. Anthony recently received the Vivace Award from the Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation and is currently an artist-in-residence at The Chelsea Factory.
As an actor, Anthony has been seen in the Public Theater’s As You Like It, Hercules, and Twelfth Night, as well as Prospect Theater Company’s Tamar of the River. Anthony’s work lives at the intersection of art, social justice, and community practice. In this spirit, he recently founded The Fire Ensemble as a home to develop his work and to share the joy of singing in community.
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Order of Service
PRAISE AND WORSHIP
- SEND A REVIVAL
- ASSATA CHANT
- WE SPEAK YOUR NAME
SCRIPTURE READING (“AFFIRMATION” BY ASSATA SHAKUR)
I believe in living.
I believe in the spectrum
of Beta days and Gamma people.
I believe in sunshine.
In windmills and waterfalls,
tricycles and rocking chairs.
And I believe that seeds grow into sprouts.
And sprouts grow into trees.
I believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
I believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.
I believe in life.
And I have seen the death parade
march through the torso of the earth,
sculpting mud bodies in its path.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight,
and seen bloodthirsty maggots
prayed to and saluted.
I have seen the kind become the blind
and the blind become the bind
in one easy lesson.
I have walked on cut glass.
I have eaten crow and blunder bread
and breathed the stench of indifference.
I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, if i know any thing at all,
it’s that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.
I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love
and in the fire of truth.
And I believe that a lost ship,
steered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home
- ALTAR CALL
- SAY HER NAME (BREONNA TAYLOR)
- I FEEL RAGE
- I WANT TO LIVE
- SERENITY PRAYER
SERMON (BY adrienne maree brown)
INVITATION TO LIBERATION
- FREE YOURSELF
- CELEBRATE YOU
Created by Troy Anthony
Additional songs by Johnathan Johnson and Daria Raymore
Brisa Areli Muñoz, Co-Director
Devaughn Denegall, Co-Music Director
Sam Appia, Associate Music Director
You-Shin Chen, Production Designer
Daisy Long, Lighting Designer
DJ Potts, Sound Designer
Qween Jean, Project Stylist
Ava Tiye, Dramaturg
adrienne maree brown, Guest Speaker (Sermon)
victor cervantes jr., Producer
Ant Ma, Associate Production Designer
Savannah Ritz, Line Producer
Genevieve Riordan, Line Producer
Savannah Ritz, Community Assistant
Genevieve Riordan, Community Assistant
Genesis Adelia Collado
Sam Appia, Keyboards
Devaughn Denegall, Bass
David Kawamura, Guitar
Reggie Thomas, Drums
Shed Program Team
Solana Chehtman, Director of Creative Practice and Social Impact
Justin Wong, Civic Program Coordinator
Pope Jackson, Production Manager
Maggie MacTiernan, Director of Planning and Program Operations
- Running time: 1 hour
Location and dates
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Thank you to our partners
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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