Talkin' Revolution - 50 Year Anniversary of Free Southern Theater

17 October 2013 07:00 PM till 20 October 2013 03:00 PM

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Friday Panel Discussions
FST Roundtable Panel Discussions featuring FST founders and alumni. Fri. 10/18, 11am - 5pm @ Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center Includes lunch
Sale Ended $45.00 $1.00
Friday FST & Junebug Productions Gala
Performances honoring FST founders John O'Neal & Dr. Doris Derby and FST Alumni Fri. 10/18, 8pm @ Contemporary Arts Center
Sale Ended $55.00 $1.00
Saturday Fishbowl Conversation & Lunch
Conversation between FST Alumni and younger generation of Cultural organizers. Sat. 10/19, 8am - 1:15pm. Includes breakfast & lunch
Sale Ended $45.00 $1.00
Saturday Civil Rights Tour
This bus tour will highlight the sites and stories of individuals and organizations who made great contributions to the civil right movements. Sat. 10/19, 1:30 - 4pm Begins and ends @ Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Includes bus transportation
Sale Ended $35.00 $1.00
Dr. Doris Derby Photo Exhibition Reception
Photographs documenting the civil rights movement in Mississippi Sat. 10/19, 7-9pm Light refreshments served
Sale Ended Free Free
Sunday Story Circle, Community Sing & Lunch
Story Circle, Community Sing & Networking Lunch. Sun. 10/20, 10am - 2:30pm
Sale Ended $45.00 $1.00
Thursday Evening Cocktail Hour
An early gathering for all attendees! Come kick off the weekend with an evening of cocktails at Mojito's Rum Bar and Grill located at 437 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, La 70116
Sale Ended Free Free
Regular Registration - All Access Pass
All access pass to all events plus a commemorative Talkin' Revolution T-shirt
Sale Ended $225.00 $1.00
Student - All Access Pass
All access pass to all events plus a commemorative Talkin' Revolution T-Shirt. Please present student ID at registration
Sale Ended $150.00 $1.00
Early Registration - All Access Pass
All access pass to all events plus a commemorative Talkin' Revolution T-shirt
Sale Ended $200.00 $1.00

Event Description


Talkin' Revolution is a historic four-day gathering of artists, activists and educators coming together to celebrate and honor the 50 year legacy of Free Southern Theater as carried forward by Junebug Productions and others. Join us as we gather for panel discussions, presentations and performances to reflect on the historic and continued impact of the Free Southern Theater.


Confirmed speakers and performers


FST founders and members: John O'Neal, Dr. Doris Derby, Kalamu ya Salaam, Chakula Cha Jua,       Quo Vadis Gex Breaux, Frozine Thomas


Artists/Cultural Organizers: Dudley Cocke (Roadside Theater), Linda Parris-Bailey (Carpetbag Theatre), Carlton Turner, (Alternate ROOTS) Amara Tabor-Smith (Urban Bush Women), Wendi O’Neal, Frederick "Hollywood" Delahoussaye, Progress Theatre, Junebug Productions


Scholar/Historians: Jerry Ward (Dillard University), Jan Cohen-Cruz (Syracuse University), James Smethurst (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Felipe Smith (Tulane University), Catherine Michna (Tulane University)





New Orleans Artist Showcase

Showcasing a new generation of New Orleans artists influenced by FST & Junebug Productions. Featuring Michaela Harrison and friends

7 - 11pm

Cafe Istanbul in the New Orleans Healing Center

2372 St. Claude Ave.




FRIDAY OCT. 18th                                                                                                                                 


Free Southern Theater Roundtable Panel Discussions                                                                     11am – 5pm Panel Discussions                                                                                                                  Tulane University  

Lavin-Bernick Center   

31 McAlister Dr.                                                                                                                             

$40 includes lunch


FST Beginnings                                                                                                                               FST founders and members will discuss the theater’s early years in Mississippi and its role as the cultural arm of SNCC and early debates about integration and aesthetics, including the theater's controversial decision to move to New Orleans.


FST's Impact on Black Art: from the 1960s to Today                                                                      How did the rise of the FST shift conversations about African American theatre and dramatic writing in the early 1960s?  In what ways does the legacy of the FST and related Black Arts movements theaters continue to impact African American writing and performance today?


Women in FST and the Civil Rights Movement                                                                      Women of FST will come together with women working in the civil rights and Black Arts movements to share their memories, accomplishments, aesthetics, and struggles.


Free Southern Theater & Junebug Productions Gala:

An evening honoring FST founders John O’Neal & Dr. Doris Derby and FST Alumn                              

Performances by FST featuring Amara Tabor-Smith of Urban Bush Women, Junebug Productions, Progress Theater, Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye, and others followed by opening night reception  8 - 11pm                                                                                                                                                      Contemporary Arts Center               

900 Camp St. 





Fishbowl Conversation: FST alumni and Younger Generations of Cultural Organizers                    This conversation will consist of two circles and multiple generations of artists working in the FST’s legacy.  The inner circle will feature FST alumni from each of the theater’s “generations” who will speak about the theater’s impact on their lives, careers, and communities. Artists, cultural workers, students, and teachers are encouraged to sit down in the outer circle to ask questions and hear the stories and ideas that the FST’s alumni have to share.

8am - 9:30am Breakfast                                                                                                                                      10am - 12pm Fishbowl Conversation                                                                                                       

12 - 1:15pm Lunch                                                                                                          

Ashé Cultural Arts Center     

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.                                                                                                            

$40 includes breakfast & lunch


Civil Rights Tour                                                                                                                                        This bus tour will take you through historically black neighborhoods of Central City and Treme highlighting the sites and stories of individuals and organizations who made great contributions to the civil rights movement.                                                                                                                                  

1:30 - 4pm                                                                                                                                                            starts and ends at Ashé Cultural Arts Center      

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.                                                                                        

$30 includes bus transportation


Doris Derby Photo Exhibit Reception                                                                                                             Amid the violence and injustice of the civil rights movement, FST founder Dr. Doris Derby's photographs focused on the organizing efforts of African Americans.  "I was documenting not only the political side, but the economic, the educational, and the artistic side that complemented the political.  And I wanted to make sure that the self-empowerment activities that the communities were involved in were documented."                                                                                                                                                                       7-9pm                                                                                                                                                                   McKenna Museum of African American Art   

2003 Carondelet St. 



SUNDAY OCT. 20th       


Story Circle, Community Sing & Networking Lunch                                                                           

The history, practice and many uses of the story circle process will be presented.  Participants are invited to share stories of how they have been impacted by Free Southern Theater, Junebug Productions and this weekend's convening. Following in the tradition of the civil rights movement, we will close the convening with a community sing featuring songs of the movement.  Followed by networking lunch with local social justice organizations.                                                                                                         

10am - 2:30pm                                                                                                                                          

Ashé Cultural Arts Center            

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.                                                                                                                

$40 includes lunch



We have a block of reserved rooms at the Cotton Exchange hotel which is less than a 15 minute walk from the Contemporary Arts Center!  Please call the hotel to make reservation at the following numbers and check out their website for more information! 

"FST 50th Reunion" is the code used for all participants to be included in our special group rate! 


Local: 504-962-0700

Toll Free: 866-247-8271

Cotton Exchange Hotel

221 Carondelet Street

New Orleans, LA 70130


For more information please email





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