8:46 Breathing Room
An 8 minute and 46 second new play festival
in association with The Breath Project
Curated by RTE Associate Artistic Director Denise Yvette Serna
Thursday October 21 – Saturday October 23, 202
Special Virtual Performance: Monday, November 1, 2021 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $15-30 (live & virtual)
Thursday October 21 at 7:30pm
Friday October 22 at 7:30pm
Saturday October 23 at 4:00pm
Location: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Rivendell re-emerges with 8:46 (BREATHING ROOM) a new festival featuring four exciting new commissions, each 8 minutes and 46 seconds long. Through world premiere performances and community events — Rivendell’s Associate Artistic Director, Denise Yvette Serna, transforms Rivendell’s annual new play festival to reflect the moment we collectively find ourselves in now. The festival invites community members to invest in artists of the global majority, offering them space to consider, share, and take a breath. On November 1st, the festival concludes with streaming event in remembrance of the lives lost to brutality, negligence, and ecological apartheid of the last two years. To learn more about The Breath Project visit, https://www.thebreathproject2020.com/.
Tina Fakhrid-Deen is a writer and educator. She is the author of Let’s Get This Straight: The Ultimate Handbook for Youth with LGBTQ Parents (Seal Press). Her play, Powerless Gods was a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwriting Festival (2019) and O’Neill Playwriting Conference (2016/2018). Tina’s second play, Dandelions, was commissioned for Theatre on the Lake – In the Works, and received a developmental podcast play production as part of their 2020 season. Her third play, Pulled Punches, was developed through the Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago and MPAACT in 2019 and the world premiere of Pulled Punches is slated for April 2022 with MPAACT at the Greenhouse Theater. She recently wrote and directed her first children’s podcast play, Sankofa, for the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Tina is a 2020 MacDowell Fellow, 2018 Kimbilio Fellow, and VONA Fellow in Fiction and Playwriting (2011/2017). Her public writing and cultural commentary have been featured in diverse media outlets and publications including The Root, NPR: Eight-Forty-Eight, News One, The Dr. Laura Berman Show on Oprah Radio, Not-for-Tourists, Jet, Pearson Scott Foresman, and several anthologies. Tina is currently working on a middle grade novel. She is represented by Promote Talent Agency and is a company member with MPAACT.
Mari DeOleo (she/they) is an Afro-Latinx clown, writer, director, visual artist, and educator based in Chicago from Dominican Republic by way of rural Pennsylvania. Mari’s writing focuses on telling highly visceral, dynamic stories that are magical, strange, surreal, absurd, funny and historical or cultural informed. Their creative practice focuses on empowerment, connection and building community through comedy, participation and play. Mari’s work is informed by spectacle theater, storytelling, clown, buffoon, improv, comedy and performance practices from the Caribbean, Latin America and West Africa. They are currently working on transitioning their practice online.
Gloria Imseih Petrelli
Gloria Imseih Petrelli is a Chicago born and based actor, organizer, teacher, and writer. She can be found making plays with theatres such as The Neighborhood, The Gift, Interrobang, and during the pandemic, Steppenwolf, The Goodman and the Kennedy Center or organizing as the Co-Chair of the US Palestinian Community Network. She is proudly represented by Paonessa Talent.
Risha Tenae is a Theatre, Television and Film Actor that has been involved with Theater and Theater education since high school. She graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, attended Miami University B.A. theater program, and graduated from The California Institute of the Arts M.F.A. Theater program where she focused on performance. Theatre and TV credits include: Blues for an Alabama Sky(Angel), King Lear(Cornwall), 24 Hours the Musical(Shawnna), In the Blood(Welfare/Bully), Three Sisters(Irena), The Music Man(Alma), King Henry V(Kate), The Colored Museum(Woman #3). Don’t Make Me Over(Cissy Houston), Single Black Female(SBF 2), Julius Caesar(Portia), The Seagull(Masha), Frankenstein(Caroline), Urban Love Story(Ms. Marion), The Color Purple; directed by Gary Griffin(PA), The Projects(Doreen), When We Heal and The Chi. In addition to acting, Risha finds joy in being a Teaching Artist. She taught Theatre for grades K-12 in multiple schools around Los Angeles County during her time there and is currently teaching Theatre for multiple schools around Chicago.