“For queer people experiences like these are cherished and give us hope. Having our stories be heard, celebrated, and transformed into art that is used to transform community does not happen enough.”

Johannes Jerez Van Osten, Theater Offensive, The Work That Keeps Us Warm

“River See,” harks back to the roots of performance. If you let it take you where it wants to, if you follow its gestures and open up, the result is a production that is mystical and knowing.”

Rohan Preston, Star Tribune. Read Full Review.


Aspects of River See call to mind Alvin Ailey’s Revelations; four of six cast members are dressed in flowy white costumes, umbrellas hang in one corner, soulful music and sounds of pouring water giving continual reference to the river, to wading, to a baptism of sorts."

Lauren Warnecke, Art Intercepts Chicago. Read Full Review.


 “...like Shange and Dash, Bridgforth experiments with an unconventional narrative device that many sisters of the African Diasporic argue is the only way to aptly convey and capture the complexities of black women lives.”

Qu(e)erying the black migration by Rev. Irene Monroe, Bay Windows (Boston). Read Full Review.

"In da River with River See" is a documentary by Daviel Shy focused on the making of the "River See Theatrical Jazz Performance Installation." Filmed during the show's world premiere at Links Hall in Chicago (June 19-29, 2014), the film features the cast, designers and writer/composer Sharon Bridgforth.

“I see my texts as musical scores. Prayers. Flesh offerings. The topography of my healing. Dreams.”

Sharon Bridgforth

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River See is a 2012 National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co- commissioned by Links Hall in partnership with Living Arts of Tulsa, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Theater Offensive, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

River See received development support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund, a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 9/12/12-9/15/12.

Pillsbury House Theatre received a 2012 MAP Fund award in support of River See. The MAP Fund is primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

River See received $20,917 from a crowdsourcing campaign on USA Projects (AKA Hatchfund) July 2013. 

Read more about: River See Developmental Workshop/Experiments