I didn’t know what exactly to expect when I made my way down to the East Village to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe to see Red Shirt Entertainment’s Remembrance Project: Trail of Tears. What I got was a heavy dose of dark American History told through movement, music, and dramatization. The performance space in the cafe was quite quaint, and I had a front row seat for all the action (in fact, I felt like I was in the show at some points due to my close proximity).
Red Shirt Entertainment is one of New York theatre’s best kept secrets. Helmed by Artistic Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, the company is only in its second year but already gaining momentum. It won’t be long before this exciting theatrical company bursts onto the scene! It’s fitting, then, that their most recent event, held at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, was entitled “Scene.”
Many of us who are artists are inspired to be artists because…well…it’s what we love. Part of what we love about what we do is the positive effect it can have on people, and the change it can inspire. Red Shirt Entertainment and Rajendra Maharaj (the artistic producing director ) have taken this to the next level. Rajendra explains, “We all believe that art has a purpose, not just to entertain, but to educate and make social change.” How is Red Shirt Entertainment doing is? The Remembrance Project.
The Remembrance Project
The Remembrance Project features three installments. Red Shirt’s first installment that took place in January, was a sold-out success. The inspiration for the Project stemmed from the year 2013 marking the 80th Anniversary of the Jewish Holocaust (Click here for the video). The first event focused on the Holocaust, the second was on Rwanda, and the third will be Darfur.
Red Shirt Entertainment invited members from the Mission of Rwanda from the United Nations to attend the Rwanda dedication. They arranged for an honorary guest speaker, a Rwanda genocide survivor, to share her story with the audience. The Mission was so impressed, that they have actually invited the team to perform in Rwanda next year, for the 20th anniversary of the genocide.
Interested in learning more about the Remembrance Project? Check out the interview below with Rajendra conducted by Broadway actress, and Arts in Color guest contributor, Halle Morse.
Keep reading for more information on the company and all event details. Hope to see you there!