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AJUMA, an original work written and performed by spoken word and visual artist Katori is holding two Preview Performances at CERES Gallery on March 14th and March 16th at 7pm, prior to its Opening at Hudson Valley MOCA’s Black Box in Peekskill later on March 23rd. Directed by Mara Mills, artistic Director and co-founder of Studio Theater in Exile, AJUMA, based on generations of Katori’s family, captures the seminal moments of their lives. From a fiery great-grandmother to an unborn child, AJUMA takes the audience on a journey that explores the sensations and emotions of escape, abuse, love and legacy. AJUMA will also be performed in the gallery of the Yonkers Riverfront Library, April 6th and 7th.

Studio Theater in Exile was co-founded by Mara Mills and Jeremy Gratt in 2005 after the closing of the Herbert Mark Newman Theater, Pleasantville. The Newman was known for producing original work. Mills and Gratt are carrying on that mission and expanding on it by making the works accessible to the community in public spaces. Studio Theater in Exile develops work with poets, writers, playwrights, theater, and visual artists, integrating art forms and social issue to produce theater that brings the art and community together. Studio Theater in Exile just received an “Opportunity to Grow”grant from the Alliance of Regional Theater/NYSCA for a portable lighting system to enhance their public work.

Katori is a spoken word and visual artist. Katori has performed her poetry throughout Westchester and met at HVMOCA, where they began to work together. Her work as a community artist, with artist Evan Bishop includes “Words of Wisdom” and “Yes, Yonkers”, the first funded by Westchester Arts Council and the latter by a Yonkers grant. Her style is dramatic, humorous, playful, eccentric, and humane. AJUMA is her first full length play.

The cast includes vocalists Vanessa Day and Aramide, dancers Gretchen Simmons, Azaili Wideman, and Sunny Vazquez.

The preview performances at the Ceres Gallery are free admission, reservations are required.

AJUMA is supported in part by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

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