THE GEORGIA T. MCCLAY FRIENDSHIP CENTER
When you come to The Pasadena Playhouse, we invite you step into The Georgia T. McClay Friendship Center for interactive exhibits, dramaturgical material and conversation surrounding our Main Stage productions. The exhibits and installations change with each production. Check this page frequently for current information.
Running September 14 – October 12, 2014
DEEPEN YOUR EXPERIENCE OF KISS ME, KATE
The Pasadena Playhouse’s production of KISS ME, KATE honors the trailblazing African American actors of the early 20th Century. While you’re at the theatre, we invite you to step into The Georgia T. McClay Friendship Center for an art installation designed by Kathie Foley-Meyer and Peter J. Harris. With research support from Alden Kimbrough, Kimbrough Collection, LA, Dr. Sandi Sheffey, S. Pearl Sharp, and James Burks, the installation provides a selective timeline and exhibits artifacts of Black theatre in the United States from 1821 – 1971.
Interactive elements include:
Restored 1940s radio playing recordings of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Paul Robeson, and others
1920s antique 78 record carrying case installed with a digital picture displaying images and Black theatre timeline starting from 1821 to the 1970s.
About the Curators
is an artist and graphic designer. Kathie served on the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) Board of Trustees from 2006-2012. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). In 2011 her work was exhibited in Artists Unite for Japan, a group show by Art from the Ashes (AFTA) and the Japan Society to benefit victims of the earthquake. Her sculpture Brown People, Glass House was part of MONA’s Home Sweet Home exhibition at the 2012 Orange County Fair. Most recently she was the creator of Project Bronzeville, a 2013 collaborative multidisciplinary arts project that explored the period in Los Angeles history when African Americans resided in Little Tokyo. Project Bronzeville consisted of an exhibition of her artwork in a solo show at LA Artcore, a run of the Robey Theatre Company production of the play Bronzeville by Tim Toyama & Aaron Woolfolk; a symposium with presentations by Dr. Hillary Jenks, Director of the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties, Dr. Anthony Macias, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside, and Dr. Christopher Jimenez y West, Assistant Professor of History at Pasadena City College; and a jazz concert at the blue whale in Little Tokyo, featuring arrangements by musician and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Kathie is excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Peter J. Harris and the Pasadena Playhouse and to be a part of its production of Kiss Me, Kate.
Peter J. Harris
has since the 1970s published poetry, essays, and fiction in national publications; worked as a publisher, journalist, editor and broadcaster; and been an educator and workshop leader for adults and adolescents. Harris is founder of The Black Man of Happiness Project, a creative, intellectual and artistic exploration of Black men and joy, http://www.blackmanofhappiness.com/, and is author of the books The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My ‘Unalienable Right,’ and The Vampire Who Drinks Gospel Music: The Stories of Sacred Flow & Sacred Song. He was Contributor-Collaborator with his daughter Adenike A. Harris on Restorative Notions: Regaining My Voice, Regaining My Father: A Creative Womanist Approach to Healing from Sexual Abuse, Georgia State University, a candid, ethical, loving dialogue to confront, survive, and transcend sexual abuse by her step father. Harris co-edited Relive Everything & Live the Same: VoiceMusic from Avenue 50’s Black-Brown Dialogues Project. His personal essays have been published in several anthologies, including Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories; Black Men Speaking; Fathersongs; I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love; and What Makes a Man: Twenty-two Writers Imagine the Future.