SLAMBoston Comes to Vermont: Diverse Voices in Theater
A grass-roots event, the Slam fest will bring together Vermont & New Hampshire playwrights, actors and directors for 3 nights of theater to be performed at Chandler Music Hall’s newly renovated Upper Gallery on July 23, 24 & 25, 2010
SlamBoston is a unique ten-minute play festival combining the wild excitement of poetry slams with live theater. Eight plays will compete for a cash prize in a night of raucous audience participation and celebration of diversity in American theatre.The aim of the SLAM is to create a venue for adult theater in Central Vermont that showcases local talent. What makes the SLAM event so unique is the commitment to bringing new and underrepresented voices to the theater scene. A diverse selection of plays have been chosen that highlight multicultural themes focusing on women, race, age and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender issues.
SLAMBoston is a trademark of Another Country Productions
What is a Theater Slam?
Theater slams borrow from the poetry slam format. In poetry slams, competition gave birth to poetry as entertainment and passion. As poetry slams spread across the country, a phenomenon began to happen; slams became inherently diverse. African-American poets, gay and lesbian poets, Asian and disabled poets, men and women, competed across the nation. Poetry slams became a truly egalitarian art form.
Created by Lyralen Kaye of Another Country Productions, SLAMBoston: Diverse Voices in Theatre has been playing to sold out audiences since 2003. An emcee works the crowd to create a rowdy, high-energy atmosphere. Performances are given a maximum 14 minute time limit and judges score each play with the audience encouraged to respond to the judges’ scores. The SLAM Winner is announced at the end of the event based on the cumulative scores of the 3 night performance series.