The Prepared Table Premieres!
It’s up! Black Swan Arts & Media launched our first production of The Prepared Table on November 11, 2015 at the Bellevue Club in Oakland. The event - a sit-down dinner with performances and videotaped stories by Iraqis, Afghans, and U.S. military veterans – was sold out and the response from audience very positive.
It was a four-year journey to get our Alternative Veterans Day event out into the world. And it was very gratifying to finally put it out in the world—especially in the wake of the Paris attacks. It feels that in some small way we were able to create an island of sanity, at least for a few moments. As imperfect as it is, the Bay Area is a safe harbor for all our multicultural identities, including the Iraqis, Afghans and military veterans who so generously agreed to be interviewed, and who were present at The Prepared Table.
And there were a lot of multicultural identities among our performers—from a Palestinian-American singer to a Japanese/Filipina dancer to an Israeli-American pianist. It’s what makes our part of the world a living, breathing answer to all the xenophobia that infects so much of this country and the rest of the world.
Visit this site to find out about the next The Prepared Table event…
Albert Greenberg, Helen Stoltzfus
Black Swan Arts & Media