Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Jersey City Theater Center’s The Box Returns! Reinvention

Jersey City Theater Center, Co-curators: Jersey City Poet Laureate, Rescue Poetix, and Artist, Ariel Guidry present

The Box Reinvention

WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:00 - 9:00pm
WHERE: Zoom information sent via ticket confirmation

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents The Box: Reinvention, February 19, 2021. Named The Box after the black box theater in JCTC’s Merseles Studios location, this year’s event will be an online Zoom production. Artists Ariel Guidry and Jersey City Poet Laureate Rescue Poetix are co-curating Reinvention. 

“During the pandemic we have faced extraordinary challenges. Yet, this moment in time seems to be reminding us to pause, reflect, and maybe reinvent ourselves,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director at Jersey City Theater Center. “It is a time of shift and renewal. Doing more isn’t always better. To heal and grow we must slow down. Let’s honor that process together as one community through the arts,” said Levina.

Reinvention questions present times. What has changed? Who are you today? What habits were a part of your life that are no longer sustainable? What are your new habits? How have your views on social justice, climate change, politics changed during these times? What is your idea of reinvention? What rebirth have you experienced? 

The co-curators were eager to explore the idea of reinvention with their fellow artists. RescuePoetix suggested,  “the forced time of self appraisal and self reflection stripped away the things we thought we knew about ourselves which gives us the opportunity to accept our true selves. Now... what do we do with that knowledge?”

And as artists re-evaluate their approach to creativity during the pandemic Guidry observed, “some of us have even been shocked into a state of quiet just to observe and absorb, and that creates a whole new narrative with ourselves and our surroundings. Our call to creativity claimed us in previous times to express ourselves and reflect the ongoings of society. Now, all of that has been amplified.” 

In keeping with JCTC’s  mission to present work relevant to the community yet universal in scope, the Box was conceived as an event to serve Jersey City’s extraordinary and diverse  community of artists and audiences. The artists represent nearly every facet of creative expression such as theater, music, dance, poetry, spoken word, visual arts, film, and other multidisciplinary mediums. Every Box production is an intersection of a thought provoking theme and social justice. Themes in the past included Outsiders, Privilege, and Origins.

The Box: Reinvention Lineup

Poetry/ Spoken Word 

Gabby Creery
Crystal Davis (one with Ariel)
Esther Pagan
Megha Sood
Tameka Bordeaux
Andrea Barriffe
Ibn Sharif Shakoor

Visual Art

Crystal Davis  

Esther Pagan

Cecilia Martinez

Janhavi Fire

K Brown

Lorenzo the Artist

Kati Vilim 

Ekaterina Abramova


Ibn Sharif Shakoor & Lorenzo the Artist

Gary Van Miert

Jack Halpin

Dance /Performance Art/ Animation

Charly Santagado

Heather Williams

Nancy Mendez-Booth

Samantha Benvissuto

Alon Nechushtan & Wendy Osserman
Frank Ippolito