|Tree of Fire (2009-present)
Tree of Fire is a play written and directed by RAW founder Jesse Bliss that has been on its journey since 2009. Excerpts of the piece have been performed at UCLA, Theatre of Note and S.P.A.R.C. @ The Old Jail in Venice, and a full staged reading was presented at the former Lincoln Heights Jail. The play had recently had a staged reading at Occidental College and a full run at Inner-City Arts at The Rosenthal Theater.
|The Roots and Wings Project: Education
The Roots and Wings Project is dedicated to cultivating unique creative expression in all people. We offer workshops for a range of audiences including children, young adults, women and professional artists. Workshops allow participants to identify and-or express their voice, recognize any obstacles to growth, and uncover untold stories using the power of writing and acting. Seasoned educator Jesse Bliss has extensive experience teaching in public schools, jails, universities, homeless shelters and community arts institutions. For workshops please contact The Roots and Wings Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Art as a Weapon
Some of Los Angeles' most powerful poets unite again in the glow our sold-out Occupy This! event in January in Boyle Heights at Casa 0101 produced and hosted by Jesse Bliss and Josefina Lopez.
This gathering of artists features poets such as Mike "The Poet" Sonksen and Sean Hill, is produced by The Roots and Wings Project as a busking fund raiser for our upcoming program- Guerrilla Camp: Art as a Weapon. Guerrilla Camp is a 2 day media literacy workshop for Skid Row teenagers including visual art, theater, music and writing components.
On April 28th, ART AS A WEAPON will celebrate the transcendent power of art and the limitless possibility of the human spirit, dispelling stereotypes and advancing media literacy through the spoken word.
|Poetry Slam 2012
Casa 0101, The Roots and Wings Project & Salon De La Plaza proudly present POETRY SLAM 2012 Hosted by Jesse Bliss and Josefina Lopez Experience the soul and fire as Los Angeles' most heavy hitting poets unite with up-and-comers to ignite truth and provoke transformation through spoken word in the spirit of solidarity in the heart of Boyle Heights. $300 Cash prize for Slam Winner. April 6, 2012 7 pm-Midnight (Doors open at 6:30 pm) Salon de la Plaza 1866 East 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90033 $5 Donation To participate and for more informaiton, contact BHPoetrySlam@gmail.com
|OCCUPY THIS (Jan 2012)
Members of the 99% pick up the mic and lay down the law in this live streamed poetry event hosted by RAW's Jesse Bliss and Writer-Activist Josefina Lopez of Casa 0101.
|A Record of Light (October - November 2011)
The Roots and Wings Project has partnered with Quality Collective Producer Peter Woods and Downtown Los Angeles's The Last Bookstore for a site-specific World Premiere of
A Record of Light
October 29, 2011 - November 20, 2011
"You don’t come out of this life alive…to know your life’s purpose is to dare to go where it leads…"
The complete sacred knowledge of all human experience is being housed in secret, in a downtown Los Angeles bookstore. Orelia Key, a woman whose spirit moves faster than her body can handle, is determined to access it. On this mission, she encounters denizens of the bookstore - analog people - who in a world of technology, discover the link between body and the substance of the soul.
|Ig*nite: A Fund Raiser for Tree of Fire (April 2011)
IGNITE was an evening of music, spoken word and art bringing together the talents of visual artists, actors, spoken word performers, musicians and DJs in support of Tree of Fire, a play written by The Roots and Wings Project founder Jesse Bliss. The evening featured artists such as Mike the Poet, Heriberto Luna, Miriam Glover, Jacques C. Smith, DJ's Sloe POke and Cee Brown and live music from the Tree of Fire score performed by GG of Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra and, Audio Angel of San Francisco and Fanny Franklin. RAW were honored to hold this event at SPARC (Old Venice Jail): a community-based public art center that has produced, presented and preserved sites of public memory since 1976.
|Between Fingertips (2007-2008)
Between Fingertips When incarcerated and alone, who knows you are alive? Developed for Central Juvenile Hall in collaboration between writer Jesse Bliss and choreographer Jennifer Chien of San Francisco’s Intersection of the Arts with GG of Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra, Federico Patino, Moe Irvin of Grey’s Anatomy and Russell G. Jones of the Labrynth Theatre Company of New York. After performing the show for an incarcerated population, the show was brought to the public at Casa 0101 Theatre in Boyle Heights followed by a discussion of The Prison Industrial Complex.
Diamonds is a full-length dance/theater production written by Jesse Bliss and choreographer Amy Campion. Directed by Tony Award Nominee Mary-Joan Negro with additional consultation from dance legend Rennie Harris. Performed at UCLA.
|Roots and Wings (2002)
One Act Play written by Jesse Bliss.
A record of the inspirational power that comes from fusing purpose with the written word.