Take an unforgettable theatrical journey through moments of everyday magic and extraordinary possibility. In partnership with award-winning poet laureate nominee Gill Sotu, “The History of Joy” is a 4-part series of cinematic performances inspired by real-life stories of struggle, beauty, and triumph. Each segment will be accompanied by creative interpretations of the theme by some of San Diego’s most innovative organizations in dance, theatre, opera, puppetry, visual arts, and more. Inspired by the 8 pillars of joy outlined in The Book of Joy – written by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Doug Abrams. Produced in partnership with The Rosin Box Project.
A post-apocalyptic re-imagining of the three little pigs story. The three pigs have separated and formed their own clans to create the kingdoms of Brick, Plastic, and Lead. They are no longer on speaking terms and are convinced that the wolves have been destroying the earth’s resources as payback for past grievances, only to discover the horrifying truth about these all-consuming wolves. Viewers will explore the pillars of Compassion & Generosity.
Featuring creative content and conversations by Improvisation Project Network, Institute for Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla Historical Society, Diem Jones & Dr. Carol Penn, and La Cocina Secreta.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Gill Sotu is a navy veteran, a multi-faceted poet, playwright, musician, DJ, and performing artist. He is a two time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three time TEDx San Diego presenter. Currently, he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a program director and teaching artist with Intrepid Theatre, Creative Director for TEDx San Diego, as well as the Artist In Residence at Makers Church. He has been commissioned to produce original pieces for leading arts and community organizations such as: The San Diego Symphony, The Unity Way of San Diego County, Feeding America, SD Fringe Fest, and the San Diego Opera to name a few.
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