Cadence Theatre Company and TheatreLAB
to host Social Justice Theatre Festival
Richmond, VA – Cadence Theatre Company and TheatreLAB to host Empathy in Action: a Social Justice Theatre Project. On Saturday, March 11th, Cadence Theatre Company and TheatreLAB will present two one-person shows for the first “Empathy in Action: a Social Justice Theatre Festival,” a project of Cadence Theatre Company’s Sitelines program.
The plays will be held back-to-back at Maggie Walker Governor’s School black box theatre. Seating for the event is free and open to the public, with a discussion to follow both pieces. Maggie Walker Governor’s School is at 1000 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220. Enter through the Black Box Stage Door at the rear of the school. Parking is located off of Lombardy.
In 2016, Cadence Theatre Company launched Sitelines, an exciting new project that generates a renaissance in the public arts and entertainment scene by inviting Richmond audiences to attend free, contemporary plays performed in public gathering spots and cultural venues. Sitelines is generously supported by The City of Richmond, The Virginia Co mmission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. By involving high school students and holding the Festival at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, we are inviting future leaders in government to engage in activism and pertinent discussion.
Schedule of events for Saturday, March 11th, 2017:
- 3:00-4:15pm: TheatreLAB’s My Name is Rachel Corrie
- 4:15-4:45pm: Discussion
- 5:00-6:00pm: Cadence Theatre Company’s The Gun Show
- 6:00-6:30pm: Discussion
Description of Shows:
TheatreLAB’s My Name is Rachel Corrie by Rachel Corrie; edited by Alan Rickman & Katharine Viner; starring Kaelie James; direction by Heather Falks. On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. My Name Is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails — creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali–loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Cadence Theatre Company’s The Gun Show by EM Lewis; starring Bostin Christopher; direction by Laine Satterfield. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in “The Gun Show.” An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, “The Gun Show” jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”
Richmond, VA–Cadence Theatre Company (CTC) launched Sitelines, an exciting new project that generates a renaissance in the public arts and entertainment scene by inviting Richmond audiences to attend free, contemporary plays performed in public gathering spots and cultural venues. Sitelines was made possible through an Innovative Priority Grant received through CultureWorks’ Grants Program Championed by Altria,The City of Richmond, The Tomato Fund, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The project built an artistic and commercial momentum that encouraged increased community participation in live theatre as well as renewed interest in our city spaces. Sitelines will expand our collaborative community presence and create broad new avenues for connection, inclusion, and dialog.
CTC’s inaugural production was Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Flick, presented in association with Richmond’s Byrd Theatre. The play ran for five performances October 8-11, 2015. Set in a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. The audience was seated on the stage of the Byrd Theatre while the action occurred in the house, aisles and balcony of one of Richmond’s favorite historic movie theatres.
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