2019. Boots on the Ground Theater, Inc. Cocoa, FL

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CURRENT PROJECT

To quote The National Performing Arts Funding Exchange--a highly valued partner of the film:

 

"ALIYAH, a full-length documentary intentionally positioned as an award-winning film for its quality and message: proving to governments, corporations, and individuals

that they gain by combating Antisemitism and intolerance wherever it surfaces. Aliyah is meant to inspire pro-Jewish activism not only in Ukraine but globally. Its script confirms the project's special intent within the film-making community: to motivate others to produce content across multiple mediums with a shared goal of combating intolerance and favorably shaping public opinion on immigration and those seeking refuge across the globe. The film will be submitted in late 2020 for showings at major domestic and international film festivals, museums, and institutions."

 

ALIYAH is based on months of interviews collected by Boots on the Ground founding member Mikayla Goetz, in the winter of 2017. The story follows multiple Jewish Ukrainians as they uncover their identity, relive their tumultuous existence in their native country, and for many, prepare to immigrate to Israel. 
  

ALIYAH combines interview-style storytelling, newly composed music and original choreography and puts the audience in the driver seat as they navigate through an immersive and unpredictable experience.

PAST PROJECTS

GROUNDED

JUNE 2017--JULY 2018

Opening in partnership with Atlantic Stage and the Myrtle Beach Veterans Center, this one-woman show by George Brant examines the struggles of balancing military and civilian life. Each performance included a post-show discussion with a military counselor--allowing audiences to ask questions, debunk stigmas, and bridge the gap between military and civilian citizens. This production later toured to Fredericksburg, VA as well as Charleston, SC for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

SEE ME FOR WHO I AM

NOVEMBER 2017

A world premiere stage adaption of a book with the same title, collected by David Chrisinger. The show toured near Stevens Point, WI. SEE ME FOR WHO I AM showcased stories of various military personnel, inside and outside of service, and invited veterans who had written their own stories for the anthology to perform with BOTG actors. Afterwards, a discussion was held about the stories shared, fostering a deeper understanding of the life of military service members.

UNDERGROUND: ARTSPACE

SUMMER 2018

BOTG's first UNDERGROUND residency--an initiative that celebrates artistic collaboration and experimentation with
specific focus on a single community. BOTG assembled a team of seven artists from across the U.S. and took up residency the Eau Gallie Arts district, on Florida's Space Coast in order to cultivate community connections through art. Underground ArtSpace partnered performers, musicians, engineers, and astronauts--combining art, technology, and community culminating in a ground-breaking production of Darkside by Ken Jones.

DARKSIDE

JULY 2018

Appropriately named, the dream team found a home in the main gallery of world-renowned artist Derek Gores for a month-long devised production of Ken Jones's aeronautical drama. These seven artists not only performed the show but collectively directed, designed, and produced the immersive event in Derek's space. The show featured a 360-degree stage, projection mapping, an original score, and a story closely tied to the history of the Space Coast.

GIRLS AREN'T FUNNY

AUGUST 2018

Whoever said girls aren't funny, clearly has never met Jesse Edmonds and Shayna French. These ladies hand-crafted stand-up comedy sets with the intent of helping us through life's turmoil with laughter. The event was presented to audiences in Myrtle Beach, and proceeds were donated to the New Directions Women's Shelter.