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The Spark with Tift Merritt: Marcella Murray, David Neumann, and Tei Blow of Advanced Beginner Group

March 24, 2022
7:30 pm


Join us for The Spark with Tift Merritt featuring Marcella Murray, David Neumann, and Tei Blow, artists-in-residence through the Southern Futures Initiative at CPA and co-creators of the new work, Primer for an Impossible Conversation, presented at CPA in Fall 2021.

Accomplished artists and creators each in their own right, David Neumann (I Understand Everything Better), Marcella Murray and Tei Blow (I Understand Everything Better) have joined forces to create a vital new performance work, Primer for an Impossible Conversation. Based on Murray and Neumann’s Obie Award-winning theater work Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed, this new work is a conversation interwoven with imagery and dance that explores race, vulnerability and the distances between us.

During their conversation on The Spark, Neumann, Murray, and Blow will share behind-the-scenes details of their Southern Futures at CPA artist residency, including upcoming work with Feedback: The Institute for Performance, the forthcoming presentation of Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmedat CPA, and their development of a new work through this residency that will make its world premiere at CPA in a future season.

Runtime: approximately 60 minutes, including a live audience Q&A. If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact us. You can also check out our livestream events guide.

About The Spark

Based on the series Merritt produced for the acclaimed Marfa, Texas Public Radio, The Spark peels back the polished performance to reveal the elbow grease, risk, fire, and courage behind the art—and artists—we think we know. Each month, Tift will welcome a new artist for a 45-minute livestreamed conversation that gets to the heart of their work, followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A.