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2012/13 Research

During academic year 2012/13 Hart executed a number of creative activities: 

Scholarly Review Equivalencies 

There are specific scholarly review equivalencies for creative activities designed to support the promotion portfolio review for the Department of Theatre Arts. The full description of review equivalencies are outlined in the Howard University College of Arts and Sciences "Criteria for Appointments, Promotion, Tenure and Career Status" guidelines. Click here for the scholarly review equivalencies for the Department of Theatre Arts. 

Creative Activity 'K' (Scholarly Equivalency - General Article)

Hart's Role: Dramaturge

Play: Breath Boom written by Kia Corthron
Producer:  Howard University Department of Theatre Arts
Location: Washington DC
Rehearsal Dates: September 1 - October 2, 2012
Production Dates: October 3 - 13 , 2012

DC Metro Arts production Review - Click Here


Dramaturge Production Notes: 

There is life/living (Breath) and then there is death/ending (Boom).  Breath Boom is not a play about female gang members, it's a play about people.  Human beings figuring out how to live.  How to survive.  How to succeed based on the rules of the game they've inherited.   Breath Boom, travels through time from 1986 to 2000, set in the Bronx, it shows a group of women who are forced to figure out how to  live, how to adapt and how to survive while existing in an environment that oftentimes produces an animalistic mindset.

Kia Corthron has crafted a fictional word sharing with us many of the social dynamics that have shaped these women and how they both succeed and fail at balancing their multi-layered identities -- pseudeo-sisters, daughters, girlfriends, mothers, friends, lovers, victims, takers.  We watch as they navigate both physical and mental survival.  We cringe, we question, we laugh and we cry because their human-ness is our own.   As we watch and experience the harsh life these women lead we may even mutter to ourselves "But by the grace of God, there go I."

Impacted by social ills such as domestic violence, molestation, racial profiling and poverty, the young women and their caretakers have been conditioned to become auto bots functioning on automatic pilot as they react to the same-shit-different-day world they live in. 

"Do I look like I got time to fool around, arts and craft? Grown woman."  Prix, the plays main character expresses this sentiment to her mother in the final moments of this gritty human story.  At the end of the dialogue Prix refers to herself as a grown woman.  In this comment Prix acknowledges that she has managed to do what many of the plays other characters don't, she has matured.  

By the plays end Prix discovers that she has not fully imploded, but she's ready to offer the world a new kind of pay back.  She's ready to care; not just about herself, but for mother and the world around her. ~ Denise J. Hart, MFA

Supportive Artifacts
Breath Boom Dramaturgy Support Packet - Click Here
Production Program - Click Here

Creative Activity 'L' (Scholarly Equivalency - General Article)

Hart's Role: Actress

Play: An Idea Conceived
Producer:  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Location: Washington DC
Rehearsal Dates: December 29 - January 11, 2013
Production Dates: January 12, 2013

Photos: production marquee, Hart on stage, rehearsal, hart on stage, article from the Delta Journal


Supportive Artifacts:
An Idea Conceived video Clip (part 1) - Click Here
An Idea Conceived video clip (part 2) - Click Here
An Idea Conceived Play Script - Click Here

Creative Activity 'M' (Scholarly Equivalency - Book)

Hart's Role: Director

Play: Quick Stop at the Florist 
Producer:  DC Queer Theatre Festival
Location: Flashpoint Theatre, Washington DC
Rehearsal Dates: May 7- 29, 2013
Production Dates: May 30 - June 1, 2013

Click here to read an article about the DC Queer Theatre Festival. 

Photos: scene work and Hart with actors:


Supportive Artifacts
Play Script Quick Stop at the Florist - Click Here

Creative Activity 'N' (Scholarly Equivalency - Book)

Hart's Role: Director

Play: Bedlam in the Pulpit: The Jocelyn Marshall Story by Jacqui Brown 
Producer:  DC Black Theatre Festival
Location: Washington DC
Rehearsal Dates: June 1 - 28, 2013
Production Date: June 30, 2013

Supportive Artifacts
Play Script Bedlam in the Pulpit - Click Here

Creative Activity 'O' (Scholarly Equivalency - Book)

Hart's Role: Playwright & Artistic Director

Play: When a Tree Grows in Brookland
Producer:  The Children's Theatre Workshop
Location: Washington DC
Rehearsal Dates: June 24 - July 25, 2013
Production Dates: July 26 & 27, 2013


Initially, this play was inspired by my desire to learn more about how to preserve our earth and “Go Green.”  However, once camp started and I began to see the passion many of the campers had for the topic I became even more inspired to create a play that creatively addressed this very important topic.  Personally, I’ve been making several ‘Going Green’ life style changes, like riding my bike to work, recycling cans, glass and plastic bottles at home; and using canvas bags to carry my groceries.  I also stopped purchasing plastic water bottles and have several refillable water bottles that I carry with me.  Learning to do things a new way can be tough, because who wants to get to something new when the same old way seems to be working just fine?  Well, the reality is the same old way isn’t working just fine and we have many things that point out this truth.  Speaking of truth, if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend that you see Al Gore’s award winning documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’.  It will shake you up if nothing else will. 

During this summer camp season many of the young people were already fired up about earth conservation and the green movement.  However, they really benefited from and enjoyed the workshops from The Casey Trees Foundation and the team with An Inconvenient Truth.  They learned more about the benefits trees have on our environment and how to think more critically about global warming and the way our society functions and contributes to this issue.

When a Tree Grows in Brookland tells the story of a little girl transplanted away from her beloved home in California and finds herself smack dab in the middle of a new community that isn’t as crazy as she is about keeping the planet by being environmentally conscious. The trash and smog come to life and the entire world it threatened if folks don’t get their act together! 

Supportive Artifacts
Play Script  When a Tree Grows in Brookland - Click Here
Production Program - Click Here
iTeach Family Production Guide - Click Here

Photos: stage marquee, production photo, staff and campers: