THIS IS NOT A DRILL

Jefferson Pinder and a team of physical performers will train their bodies through frenetic sequence in THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Preparing to engage with the demons of past and present day, The Middle Passage Guerilla Theatre Company probes into close-order drill, shooter drills, boxing, and Bo staff training to delve into communal strength. These performers are on the ready to explore sites of violence and injustice. Considering training techniques used by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, The Black Panther Party, and Marine Corps hand-drill training, the performance crew finds unity through ritualized physical routines. Based on historic techniques of martial empowerment, figures will be in constant motion, preparing for inevitable conflict. As the performers grapple with their own endurance and unite in the face of racial divides, the audience will be confronted with the intensity of this struggle.


TEXTS QUOTED

Kristiana Rae Colón
“what i mean when i say vigil”

Angela Davis
“LA Auditorium 6/9/1972”

Fred Hampton
“Power Anywhere There’s People”

Leroi Jones
“Dutchman”

Joe Ross
“Peace”

ARTIST
Jefferson Pinder 

PERFORMERS

Antoine Byndum
Emerson Elias
Timmy Engelbrecht (USMC)
Sidra Newman
Jordan Rome
Martel Tinsley 

SOUND DESIGNER
AJ McClenon 

STAGE MANAGER
Agnotti Cowie

DRILL SPECIALIST
Joseph Losinski (USMC)

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Aimy Tien

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Itzel Basualdo

COSTUME CONSTRUCTION
Jeremy Sublewski

SUZUKI INSTRUCTOR
Tony Garcia

USMC HAND DRILL INSTRUCTOR
Brenden Burnham