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Sacred Sites Audio Theater: Launch Event
Join 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence Susan Suntree for an online launch party of Suntree’s Sacred Sites Audio Theater Project on March 6, 2021. This is an audio production of Suntree's best-selling, award winning book Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (Univ. of Nebraska Press). Audio clips from the Theater Project will be presented, including an audio-visual portrait of the Los Angeles River and the Ballona Wetlands read by Susan Suntree; and an audio clip from Book Two (Indigenous Myths and Songs) read by actor, Kalani Queypo. The following discussion and Q&A will focus on the process of creating the Audio Theater project, including a panel with Tom Keegan (Director), Tom Zehnder (Composer), and Gopika Sharma (Producer).

A history that is equal parts science and mythology, Sacred Sites offers a rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters. The result is a singular and memorable account of the evolution of the Southern California landscape, reflecting the riches of both Native knowledge and Western scientific thought. It is the winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award and winner of the PEN Oakland–Josephine Miles Literary Award.

“Sacred Sites honors the power and beauty of our indigenous heritage and homeland. By knowing our history, we better understand the present and our journey into the future."
—Anthony Morales, tribal chair, Gabrielino Tongva Council of San Gabriel

More info on this event here: https://18thstreet.org/event/sacred-sites/

Mar 6, 2021 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Suntree
Susan Suntree is a poet, performer, and essayist whose work investigates the dynamics of science, art, and spiritual philosophies as they engage contemporary life. She has presented her poetry and performances nationally and internationally and has published her poetry in many journals and anthologies. Her book length nonfiction epic Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California (Univ. Nebraska Press), also released as audio theater, won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Nonfiction, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetic Narrative, and a Mellon Foundation Elemental Arts Award. Suntree adapted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a poem that is set as a choral work by award-winning composer Adrienne Albert and frequently performed (A Choral Quilt of Hope: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
Gopika Sharma
Gopika Sharma is an award-winning producer and editor. Her credits include “Out in India – A Family’s Journey,” “Sweet Life” and “Open Adoption – A Tapestry of Stories,” in addition to producing and editing industrials, games, promos and commercials. She has a long career working for Vivendi Universal Games, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Gopika is passionate about creating socially relevant content and is excited to be the producer on this audio theater production of Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California.
Tom Keegan
Tom Keegan is a BAFTA nominated director who has worked in games, animation, TV, film and theatre. Tom’s training and background is from New York theatre as an actor, director, and choreographer and he is one of the world’s most sought after directors for performance capture and voice over. In addition to directing full time internationally, Tom frequently teaches classes in acting, voice, and movement. As a dedicated fan of Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California. since its original publication in 2010, Tom is ecstatic to be combining his love of theatre and his experience as a voice director on this audio theatre production. http://tomkeegan.net/