Love in space, at the seashore, in the backyard.
Love in the future, one hundred years ago, and right this very moment.
Love between family, friends, and lovers.
Broken love, silly love, healing love.
It’s all in here. The Declaration of Love Project.
2020 Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane and colleague Aurelia Belfield of Artist Soapbox commissioned 11 North Carolina playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”
Though the resulting original pieces span the gamut in style, setting, and content, they all spark emotions and unleash imagination through story and sound.
Recorded remotely by local actors, the finished, sound designed scenes will be released to the public in podcast form later this year. But Tamara will present six of the 11 audio pieces in a special appearance on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Livestream on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.
This special event, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, will feature the following scenes:
Love is All I Know (Robin Carmon Marshall) and Happy Anniversary (Lakeisha Coffey), performed live by actors Lakeisha Coffey and Thaddaeus Edwards.
Video performances of Game On (Tamara Kissane) and Constellation (Aurelia Belfield) by actors Aurelia Belfield, Kyma Lassiter, AhDream Smith, and Lamont Reed.
Audio performances of Always (Thaddaeus Edwards) and The Gifts We Leave (Michael Ivory) by Trevor Johnson and Sai Graham and Yolanda Rabun (the same Yolanda Rabun who performed on our livestream with her band back in August).
During the event Tamara and Aurelia, co-producers and directors of the scenes, will discuss the project and their love for the audio drama art form.