When the World Stood Still by Michael McLendon and Bethlehem the Vocussionist

When the World Stood Still can be viewed with accessible features, in two ways. Choose the version below that's right for you or enjoy both.

Open captioning, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, and Audio Described Introduction

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, Audio Described Introduction, and embedded Audio Description

Artists' Statement

We hope viewers might think about how 2020 started "Business as Usual" and then a shift happened, which resulted/manifested in a pause. During this pause humanity was still. Some of us were able to see things that we have been ignoring and avoiding for a very long time. Which in turn inspired many to address important issues as well as navigate what we have, where we are and who we are. Now, we do not want things to sit still.
    — Bethlehem and Michael

About the Artists

David Bradley is a theater director, arts producer, teaching artist and writer. He's collaborated frequently with Temple's Institute on Disabilities, including developing and directing the play A Fierce Kind of Love. David's directed more than 30 productions as a long-time company member at People's Light. He's Producing Director of Arts & Learning for World Cafe Live, leading their education/community programming. David often works at the intersection of arts, community and civic engagement. He teaches at Arcadia University, and is the recipient of a 2020 Leadership Award from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and a Brighter Futures Award from the City of Philadelphia Disability Services for his work on arts accessibility.

Bethlehem Roberson is an experienced writer, vocal performer, and recording artist. Regionally known for her works as a Vocussionist, which is a term she created which infuses both vocal performance and body percussion utilizing a Tarima (percussive wooden box) creating a unique dual sound and tone. She has gained a wide range of features including TEDxPhiladelphia (TED Talks), Fox 29, Philly CAM, WRTI FM Temple Radio, and WXPN FM. Her music has lead to amazing collaborations with notable arts institutions including, the Wilma Theater, the Philadelphia Folk Society, the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and Sistahs Attune. Bethlehemtheartist.com

Michael Mclendon - Just like the character he plays in When the World Stood Still, Michael Mclendon is an open, honest and outspoken man who doesn't take things for granted. Michael was an ensemble member of A Fierce Kind of Love, and likes to make work that is "in the moment."