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Podcast by The Weeksville Project

Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble The Weeksville Project

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Podcast by The Weeksville Project

    The Weeksville Project: Mimi Harrison - Part Three

    The Weeksville Project: Mimi Harrison - Part Three

    The Weeksville Project: Mimi Harrison - Part Three

    Written by Nichole Perkins.

    It's the late 1920's and Harlem is the new hot spot for Black people in New York. What does that mean for the Harrison family and for Weeksville?

    Performed by the Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble:
    Narrator - Aiesha Turman
    Isaiah - Derick Cross
    Mimi - Ashley Miles
    Peter - David Roberts

    This concludes the Story of The Harrisons.


    The Weeksville Project was produced for Bondfire Radio by Keisha “TK” Dutes & Conscious, with sound design by Cedric Wilson. Podcast artwork by Fresh Daily. Theme music: "November" by Kai Engel.

    With additional gratitude to the Brooklyn arts Council and Weeksville Heritage center for making this possible.

    Please rate and review The Weeksville Project, it helps us get noticed!
    To support the future of work like this, visit bondfireradio.com to make a donation.

    • 10 min
    The Weeksville Project: Isaiah Harrison - Part Two

    The Weeksville Project: Isaiah Harrison - Part Two

    The Weeksville Project: Isaiah Harrison - Part Two

    It's the early 1900's, Weeksville and Brooklyn are flourishing and the Harrison family has grown.


    Written by Aiesha Turman, Keisha “TK” Dutes, and Conscious. and performed by the Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble

    Thank you to our Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble cast:

    Narrator - Aiesha Turman
    Cumberland - David Roberts
    Virginia/Ginny - Emma Bracy
    Isaiah - Derick Cross
    Millicent - Keisha “TK” Dutes

    Listen to Part Three to find out what’s happening with the family business and Weeksville.

    The Weeksville Project was produced for Bondfire Radio by Keisha “TK” Dutes & Conscious, with sound design by Cedric Wilson. Podcast artwork by Fresh Daily. Theme music: "November" by Kai Engel.

    With additional gratitude to the Brooklyn arts Council and Weeksville Heritage center for making this possible.

    Please rate and review The Weeksville Project, it helps us get noticed!
    To support the future of work like this, visit bondfireradio.com to make a donation.

    • 8 min
    The Weeksville Project: Cumberland Harrison - Part One

    The Weeksville Project: Cumberland Harrison - Part One

    The Weeksville Project: Cumberland Harrison - Part One.

    Written by J. Michael Kinsey

    Brooklyn in the mid 1800's is it's own city. Weeksville is a developing Free Black community and welcomes a new arrival from the South.

    Performed by the Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble:
    Narrator - Aiesha Turman
    Cumberland - David Roberts
    Aunt Miriam - Lacresha Berry
    Virginia/Ginny - Emma Bracy
    Salem - Conscious


    Keep listening to find out what the future holds for Cumberland in Part Two.

    The Weeksville Project was produced for Bondfire Radio by Keisha “TK” Dutes & Conscious, with sound design by Cedric Wilson. Podcast artwork by Fresh Daily. Theme music: "November" by Kai Engel.

    With additional gratitude to the Brooklyn arts Council and Weeksville Heritage center for making this possible.

    Please rate and review The Weeksville Project, it helps us get noticed!
    To support the future of work like this, visit bondfireradio.com to make a donation.

    • 14 min
    The Weeksville Project: Trailer

    The Weeksville Project: Trailer

    The Weeksville Project’s first, 3 episode installment follows the fictional Harrison family through slice of life storytelling beginning with their patriarch, Cumberland’s arrival to Weeksville, Brooklyn after escaping slavery.

    Written individually, by a team of accomplished writers and researchers, each story is a moment in time focusing on a key member of that generation. Thoughtful narration acquaints us with the very real history of Brooklyn, N.Y. and provides a backdrop for the decision making entailed in a families legacy and survival.

    Performed by the Bondfire Radio Theatre Ensemble.

    Follow @bondfireradio on Twitter & IG and comment on social media via #weeksvilleonBFR

    • 29 sec
    The Comet Post Show Q & A

    The Comet Post Show Q & A

    Q&A with program producer TK and cast of The Comet. Moderated by Marcus Dargan

    Reader/Actors:
    Narrator - Aiesha Turman
    Jim Davis: Dramatic Dyalekt
    Julia: Vanessa Tanicien
    President/Father: Tumani Everett
    Fred: Drew McConnell
    Black Woman/ Bank Teller: Emma Bracy

    Directed and sound designed by: Keisha "TK" Dutes
    Live engineer: Walker Conscious
    Art by: @freshdotdaily

    Follow @bondfireradio on Twitter & IG #TheCometBFR
    Brought to you in part by #BLAM Black Lives Arts Movement & Narativ.

    Brief Q&A to follow: facilitated by BLAM founder, Marcus Dargan.

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    • 25 min
    The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois

    The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois

    Written by Du Bois in 1920, “The Comet” is set in a vaguely futuristic, yet oddly contemporary world, in which a passing comet casts a shadow of death over Manhattan. Only two people survive: Jim, a black man whose world has been one of poverty and hard work, and Julia, a white woman who knows only leisure and privilege. If humanity is to have a future, the two must build a new world from the wreckage of the old. The story was originally published as the tenth chapter of Du Bois’s book Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil, which according to WEBDubios.org, the author, “explicitly addressed significant issues, such as the oppression of women and Eurocentric standards of beauty, the historical rise of the idea of whiteness, and the abridgement of democracy along race, class, and gender lines.

    Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble Cast:
    Narrator - Aiesha Turman
    Jim Davis: Dramatic Dyalekt
    Julia: Vanessa Tanicien
    President/Father: Tumani Everett
    Fred: Drew McConnell
    Black Woman/ Bank Teller: Emma Bracy

    Directed and Sound Design by: Keisha "TK" Dutes
    Live engineer: Conscious Walker - Produced by Bondfire Radio.

    Follow @bondfireradio on Twitter & IG #TheCometBFR

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

CMIsNotAnEmcee ,

Hope to hear more!

I was thoroughly engaged by the story of Cumberland and his descendants! A digestible slice of a history that doesn’t always go down easy. I really hope they do more of these... can’t wait to hear what’s next from Bondfire Theatre.

cinnymunn ,

Bondfire Radio Theater Ensemble Delivers again!

This podcast series makes for a great storytelling moment - in a classic radio format (think Orson Welles' radio adaptation of "The War of the Worlds" - you may remember listening to this broadcast at least once in school - or if you are much younger - check YouTube if you're not familiar!).

Check out their first project, 'The Comet' - You will see that Producers Keisha 'TK' Dutes & Conscious Walker deliver consistent high quality audio production.

These performances included great conversational writing, well thought out vignettes of daily life at Weeksville during that time - chock full of research for both historic accuracy and continuity.

I was present for the LIVE drama - Seeing characters thorughly fleshed out by seasoned screen and voice actors, who were well casted to fully flesh out their characters was very satisfying - they all worked so very hard these past few months to bring us this amazing project! Would love to hear more slice of life plays from this ensemble.

A great dialogue followed in the Q&A session shortly after. Moderated boy Obden Mondesir of the Weeksville Heritage Center.

This production in particular is a great, timeless, too for LIFELONG LEARNING - and teaching young and old about NYC history, American History, Black Americana, and BROOKLYN HISTORY.

Weeksville was the First African American Settlement / Commumity for Freed Men & Women in Brooklyn, NY. It now stands as a Museum - with the original homes preserved for tours and discussions, and to foster civics & community for future generations.

missturman ,

Amazing!

You can tell all of the hard work that everyone put into this. From the scripts, actors, to sound design, this is a piece of living history. Rarely do we get to experience Black stories as something other traumatic, but this work does just that. Looking forward to more!

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