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LOSS and FOUND
By NHCC Theatre Department
MEET THE CAST:
Sia is originally from Cambodia, and currently living in Brooklyn Park, MN. Sia is in his first-year majoring in Business Administration at NHCC. This is his first show ever, and Sia is so excited to be a part of the show. Sia’s inspiration is to raise awareness about education in Cambodia. He is working to get his degree in the United States and bring back his knowledge to work with children with less resources who are under-privileged in his country. Sia would like to say thank you to Dr. Mayorga, Prof. Olsen, and the other cast members of Loss and Found for making this production happen.
Jess Forga is a 2020 NHCC Theater graduate excited to be involved with another North Hennepin production. Her past acting credits include a small role in a devised production and also character “#13” in NHCC’s recent production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Jess typically works more behind the scenes and has worked in some way on every NHCC show between Alice in Wonderland and Leveling Up. She would like to thank her Theater and art professors for making it possible to live her dreams today working with Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts in Ramsey, MN. She would also like to thank her son, David, for being her light in dark times. Love you all.
Jennifer is a student at NHCC. She was born in Fairfield, California. As a child, she moved and lived in Sacramento throughout her childhood until she was sophomore in high school. Then, she and her family moved to Minnesota in 2013. She’s a senior at NHCC, and she’s majoring in Theater to achieve her Associate’s Degree. In previous theater productions at North Hennepin, she has been in Alice In Wonderland(performer) and Siddhartha (stage manager). She’s grateful and thankful to Dr. Mayorga for letting her be in this show. She’s thankful for Dr. Mayorga for guiding her and the whole cast along the way during the pandemic. She’s thankful for working together with the whole cast & technician/designers and enjoys having fun with them all.
Direction and Dramaturgy by Irma Mayorga (MFA/Ph.D.)
Media Design, Technical Direction, Videography & Editing by Søren Olsen
Costume Design by Sarah Bissonette
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.”— Toni Morrison, “No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear”
ABOUT THE SHOW:
As a virtual theater production, LOSS AND FOUND: a theatrical search for memories, testimonies, and reckonings about now…for the future is
…an effort of love,
…a testimony of fortitude,
…a demonstration of resilience,
…and an offering of critical witness to the historic events of our multiple, interlocking pandemics of the last year.
The stories performed as monologues in LOSS AND FOUND are an effort to remind us all of our humanity in a time of enormous precarity and radical uncertainty.
Over the past year, we have all experienced one of the greatest global shifts in human history. And, even as we begin the walk on a path that moves us forward, we should not forget the past year’s tremendous upheaval that has marked us all – collectively and individually – in extraordinary ways. Moreover, we need to remember the past year in order to hold dearer those and that which we have lost…and also, that which our pandemics have enabled us to find. Between that which we have lost and that which we have found, we have all collected remarkable stories.
Since time in memoriam, stories have helped us to make sense of – to cope, to adapt, to fathom – our collective and individual experiences. Stories are what hold us together in the face of ambiguity or radical uncertainty. In precarity, stories serve as cultural expressions that generate light, guide actions, build community, and forge the future. Stories – necessary as food – are life.
This NHCC virtual mainstage production joins the explosion of theatrical storytelling via platforms such as Zoom that our current peril has inspired. Live theater around the world has been shutdown; but in its stead, online theatermaking has blossomed. Our hope is that the testimonies performed in Loss and Found can become a means through which we not only highlight NHCC students’ pandemic experiences, but also a way in which to help our NHCC community process the radical flux of our world and, ultimately, bind us more closely together.
Over the course of February and March 2021, two current NHCC students and one class of ’20 recent alum gathered together for rehearsals via Zoom with guest director Irma Mayorga and wrote all the original material featured in Loss and Found. With generosity and vulnerability, ensemble members’ writings described the intimate details of their recent pandemic experiences. These stories serve as localized lenses that bring into focus the intimacies and intricacies of nothing less than surviving COVID-19 and its ravages in the Twin Cities metro area. Due to geographic distance and concerns for physical-distance safety, all rehearsals were conducted via Zoom: an extraordinary feat of strength and commitment on the part of each ensemble member.
To expand upon these individual stories and think about our greater public sphere in the Twin Cities, ensemble members also identified courageous yet often unacknowledged individuals we have come to call the “Essential Workers” of our pandemics. Each ensemble member used Zoom to interview two essential workers, and Loss and Found features those interviews shaped into monologues. Our hope is to honor and lift up the voices of those whom we have depended upon for our collective survival during the past year, those who often could not work from the safety of home quarantine, those who had to venture beyond their homes not only to continue to provide for their families, but also to provide care for us all during a time of pandemic.
In this, in its entirety Loss and Found has been collectively written and performed by Jess Forga, Jenn Vang, and Sia Yos – students who, in the middle of our multiple pandemics, also decided to engage in the task of crafting theater. As Toni Morrison states above: now, in the time of catastrophe, is “precisely the time when artists go to work.” Creating artistic work within catastrophe is how artists help guide us to new, transformative visions that help our “civilizations heal.” Jess, Jenn, and Sia’s Zoom theatermaking in our time of pandemics is not only an act of courage but also an act of enormous caretaking.
Thank you for joining us, and please enjoy the show!
NHCC Land Acknowledgement
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DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION @ NORTH HENNEPIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers a variety of initiatives for students and the NHCC community. Some of our offerings include: Community Racial Healing Circles, Racial justice and gender equity programs, Student-led Diverse Voices, and more. We encourage you to connect with us and participate in these opportunities._**
NHCC IN SOLIDARITY: Our Commitment To Racial Equity:
North Hennepin Community College stands firm against racism and all forms of human oppression. The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Mr. George Floyd and Mr. Daunte Wright, both unarmed African American men, and the Atlanta shootings targeting Asian women, are deplorable. As a college committed to racial equity, we acknowledge the trauma that these incidents cause all of us. As a community, we recognize the fullness of human value and reinforce our commitment to truth, racial healing and transformation.
While higher education alone cannot solve all societal forms of racism, oppression, and trauma, we do serve as an institution of higher learning and civic engagement. As such we will continue to work toward illuminating systems of racial inequity within our own community so that together we can continue dismantling all forms of oppression that adversely affect our community of students. We extend our deepest condolences to the Floyd family.
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The Stages of Equity Production Team
Kathy Hendrickson / Dean of Fine Arts, Co-Curator
Soren Olsen / Producer, Co-Curator, Webdesign
Carlos Baez / Student Liaison, Production Support
Alberto Ramos / DEI Liaison, Production Support
Cheryl Clausen / Administrative Support
Leslie McDougall / Festival Images
Liz Hogenson and Sara Mitchell / Festival Publicity
Irma Mayorga / Festival Logo, Copy Support
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