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Description In 2001, Kindred, Octavia Butler's landmark 1979 novel, was brought to life in an exceptional audio adaptation. This adaptation starred Alfre Woodard as "Dana" and was produced by Brian Smith and Jacqueline Cuscuna for Seeing Ear Theatre (SET).
About Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butler writes: "I am a 53-year-old writer who can remember being a 10-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an 80-year-old writer. I'm also comfortably asocial — a hermit in the middle of Seattle — a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty, and drive.
I've had 11 novels published so far: Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor, Kindred, Wild Seed, Clay's Ark, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, as well as a collection of my shorter work, entitled Bloodchild. I've also had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. One, "Speech Sounds," won a Hugo Award as best short story of 1984. Another, "Bloodchild," won both the 1985 Hugo and the 1984 Nebula awards as best novelette. My most recent novel, Parable of the Talents, won the 1999 Nebula for Best Novel."
— Octavia Butler
Of Special Note: In 1995, Octavia E. Butler was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. The program, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, rewards creative people who push the boundaries of their fields. In 2000, she received the PEN Center West Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kindred drama: Directors' Notes
Sat, 03/15/2008 - 4:23pm — Ayana
"It's not that we haven't always been here, since there was a here. It is that the letters of our names have been scrambled when they were not totally erased, and our fingerprints upon the handles of history have been called the random brushings of birds."
--Audre Lorde, "Wild Women in the Whirlwind"
In 1997, as Seeing Ear Theatre was just coming into existence, Jacqueline Cuscuna was teaching high school at Borough Academies in the Bronx; often, as a Social Studies/American History independent study, she would assign students the work of reading Octavia E. Butler's novel, Kindred.
The power of Kindred, both in and out of the classroom, is that it takes a moment in our history, blurred, distanced, and dulled through time — a moment that all of us know about, but safely, through the faded, torn images of black and white photographs — and makes it present, in one quick-snap gut wrenching blast. Dana Franklin, a modern day black woman, is whisked violently and suddenly back in time to pre-Civil War America, where she discovers first hand the horrors of slavery. Here we are, now, right now, in the middle of history.
Two years ago, Jackie brought the novel to my attention and suggested (read "demanded" that we get the rights and produce a miniseries adaptation, and get Alfre Woodard to star in it. I jumped at the idea. As did Alfre Woodard when we eventually approached her. But our first thought, even prior to "How to adapt such a work?", was that we wanted to figure out a way to incorporate the voices of African-American women who lived, struggled and survived the time of institutionalized slavery.
We wanted to match the historical fiction of Butler's work with some of the historical fact that her novel draws upon. So as you listen to our production of Kindred, you'll hear the words of real African-American women whose powerful memories of slavery live on in their own autobiographical narratives.
These passages are interwoven into Dana's own developing narrative, and are brought to chilling life by the voice talents of Ruby Dee and Caroline Clay. In particular, listen to Ruby Dee as she brings Sojourner Truth to life. Never have we heard an actor so fully inhabit an historical figure as Ms. Dee does here when she shouts, sings out, "I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that?"
In late January, after Tony Daniel completed his graceful and powerful adaptation, we held auditions, cast 19 actors, rehearsed, then recorded all of the voices in three long days in Manhattan. All of the voices were recorded dry, without sounds or music, leaving the actors with the true challenge of the theater of the imagination, performing with nothing but their voices, grunting, groaning, screaming and sighing, and then hoping upon hope that later, when the sounds and music are added, magic would happen.
All of the voice tracks were then taken to John Colucci's basement laboratory, where we spent three weeks sleeping and eating and breathing in sounds and music, tweaking and tinkering with footsteps, crickets, and water faucets. Ohad Talmor arrived with his tremendous original score, and all was finally mixed together...
So here now is our interpretation of Octavia E. Butler's novel, Kindred. Please, visit our Bulletin Board, let's have an open book discussion on all things Kindred: your thoughts about our production, your memories of the first time you read Butler's novel, your feelings about its continued resonance and timeliness in today's world...
Brian Smith and Jacqueline Cuscuna, February 2001
Kindred drama: Cast & Crew
Sat, 03/15/2008 - 4:11pm — Ayana
Written by Tony Daniel
Adapted from the novel by Octavia E. Butler
Directed by Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna
Alfre Woodard as "Dana Franklin"
Lynn Whitfield as "Sarah"
with Ruby Dee performing Slave Narratives
Mykel Bath as "Young Boy"
P.J. Brown as "Patroller #1" and male radio announcer
Leo Burmester as "Kevin Franklin"
Jacqueline Cuscuna as Harriet
Caroline Clay performing Slave Narratives and female radio announcer
Kevin Daniels as "Nigel"
Elenni Davis-Knight as "Slave Girl," "Hagar" and "Young Alice"
Mot Filipowski as "Patroller #3"
Christopher Gardner as Young Nigel
Michelle Hurd as "Alice"
Marc John Jeffries as "Sammy"
Ezra Knight as Isaac and Jacob
Thomas Lyons as "Rufus Weylin"
Saundra McClain as "Hannah"
Craig McNulty as "Blane" and "Coach Driver"
Corliss Preston as "Margaret Weylin" and the "Doctor"
Lou Sumrall as "Patroller #2" and "Wagon Driver"
Margot White as "Rufus at Six Years Old"
Nick Wyman as "Tom Weylin"
Produced by Brian Smith and Laurissa James
Original Score Composed by Ohad Talmor
Foley Sound Effects by Sue Zizza and David Shinn
Sound Design by John Colucci
Voice Editing by John Colucci and David Shinn
Casting by Laura Richin and Judy Bowman
Executive Producer, Brian Smith
Cast & Crew Bios
Alfre Woodard - "Dana"
Alfre Woodard most recently starred in last year’s Holiday Heart, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She also starred in Love & Basketball, Mumford, and Down in the Delta, directed by Maya Angelou. Her additional credits include Passion Fish and Grand Canyon and television’s Gulliver’s Travels and The Member of the Wedding. She has also voiced the character of Pile the Lemur in Disney’s animated film Dinosaur.
A three-time Emmy award winner, Ms. Woodard’s most recent recognition was for her performance in Miss Ever’s Boys, for which she also received a Golden Globe Award, a Cable Ace Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for her performance in Cross Creek.
Lynn Whitfield - "Sarah"
Lynn Whitfield has been seen most recently in It’s a Girl Thing. Other television credits include USA Network’s The Color of Courage, The Wedding and The Josephine Baker Story, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Cable Ace and for which she won an Emmy Award and the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries. Ms. Whitfield’s film credits include Eve’s Bayou, Gone Fishin’, Stepmom, In the Army Now and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.
Michelle Hurd - "Alice"
Michelle Hurd is known to television audiences as series regular Detective Jeffries on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as series regular Simone on Malcom & Eddie. She has had guest starring roles on The Practice, Players, NY Undercover, NY News, The Cosby Mysteries and most recently as Tim Daley’s love interest on The Fugitive. Some Off-Broadway credits include AMI, Hot Keys, Hamlet, 900 Onearta, and The Constant Couple. Michelle made her Broadway debut in Getting Away with Murder.
Thomas Lyons - "Rufus"
Thomas Lyons made his Broadway debut last season in A Moon for the Misbegotten with Gabriel Byrne and Cherry Jones. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in This Lime Tree Bower, Y2K, District of Columbia, Flight, Getting In, and, as playwright/writer, Hell's Kitchen Sink. His film credits include Death to Smoochie (with Robin Williams), Last Ball, Mad Dog Coll, and Doug's First Movie. Television credits include Law & Order and Spin City. Mr. Lyons is the voice of Doug in ABC's Saturday morning cartoon Doug.
Leo Burmester - "Kevin"
Leo Burmester’s film credits include Limbo, The Devil’s Advocate, Lonestar, Perfect World, The Abyss, The Last Temptation of Christ, Passion Fish (with Afre Woodard) and Broadcast News. Mr. Burmester’s extensive Broadway credits include The Civil War, Ah Wilderness, Big River, and Buried Child, (directed by Gary Sinise). He also originated the role of Thernadier in Les Miserables. He will next be seen in City by the Sea with Robert De Niro and Frances McDormand.
Ruby Dee - Slave Narratives
Ruby Dee has extensive experience in theater, television, film and literature. She has been seen most recently in Having Our Say and Passing Glory. Additional film roles and projects include Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and Stephen King's The Stand. Ms. Dee's theater credits include Fugard's Boesman and Lena (Obie Award), Wedding Band (Drama Desk Award), and Long Day's Journey Into Night (Ace Award). Ms. Dee and her husband Ossie Davis were given the Silver Circle Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and in 1995 they were recipients of the National Medal of Arts Award.