We are pleased to open up the workshop to community members. space is very limited so please indicate your interest with this form and we will be in touch.
Sunday, June 30, 1:30 PM to 4 PMHudson Area Library, Community Room
In this workshop, we will explore the art and practice of making theatre for social change. Influenced by Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal’s Newspaper Theatre technique, this workshop experiments with strategies for using oral testimonies to engage with and complicate our understanding of pressing social justice issues and histories. How do we as writers stage the gaps and limitations of official news media narratives by centering marginalized voices? How do we take audiences on an empathetic journey to unfamiliar worlds and perspectives? How do we mine the possibilities of liveness, ephemerality, and empathy that both oral history and performance open up as a means to break through the rigid structures and systems that prevent us from witnessing one another’s stories? Through a series of exercises and prompts combining words and movement, this workshop provides an interactive introduction to the work of making theatre that uses oral history to speak back to the archive. We will use media sources and oral testimonies on the issue of police violence in the United States as foundational material.