Mark your calendars folks, The People’s Theatre Project (PTP) presents We The People – A Social Justice Theatre Festival on December 9th thru the 11th. This is going to be big folks. We’re talking theatre, panels, workshops, films. People power in action. So make sure you gather your people for We The People. See you there. It all goes down at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 W 166th St).
Festival Opening Reception
December 09, 2016 at 6pm – 7pm
Join PTP for wine and light refreshments to celebrate the start of this three day festival.
UPTOWN ACTION Performance
December 09, 2016 at 7pm – 8:30pm
People’s Theatre Project’s adult community actors kick off the festival with an interactive and bilingual forum theatre piece exploring race discrimination and housing displacement.
“The Dead N—- Poem” by Donja R. Love
December 10, 2016 at 12pm – 2pm
A staged reading of a play by PTP teaching artist and playwright Donja R. Love. Slammed against a poetic backdrop of Urban America, Mr. Isaiah, a recent hire at a disciplinary boarding high school, is ready to make a difference in the lives of his six male students. When one of his boys commits suicide he is plagued with the question of, what makes someone’s struggle so unbearable that they’d take their own life? While seeking answers to this question, he sees the sorrows that each of his boys dances with – and is reminded of his own.
Race + Love: A Theatre Workshop
December 10, 2016 at 2pm – 3:30pm
In this interactive theatrical workshop, PTP teaching artist Reyna Bonaparte will lead a small group through an exploration of power dynamics and racial inequality in romantic interracial relationships. Couples and singles, who are either in interracial relations or have been in the past, are welcomed. RSVP is a must.
“Millie and the Lords”: A Film screening and Q&A
December 10, 2016 at 4pm – 5:30pm
This film made its debut on HBO Latino last month and is co-produced by and stars PTP teaching artist Jessica Carmona. Millie and the Lords tells the story of Milagros Baez, a young, working class under-confident Puerto Rican woman whose life is changed for the better when she begins to learn about the Young Lords Party and her rich Puerto Rican history.
Race, Community, and the Arts: a panel discussion
December 10, 2016 at 5:30pm – 7pm
Featuring Lauren Kelley (Associate Director of Curatorial Programs with the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling), Led Black (Editor-in-Chief of The Uptown Collective), and Veronica Santiago Liu (Founder of Word Up Community Bookshop), moderated by Erika Dickerson (People’s Theatre Project’s Arts & Social Justice Program Manager)
UPTOWN ACTION & TO BE HEARD Performances
December 10, 2016 at 7pm – 8:30pm
PTP’s teen group will premiere their take on fairy tales set in NYC 2016 addressing themes of truth vs. fantasy, consent, bravery, independence, coming of age and disobedience. Uptown Action returns for an encore presentation.
Folklorico Family Workshop
December 11, 2016 at 2pm – 3:30pm
Join the Alianza Dominicana Folkloric Ensemble for an interactive session exploring the Dominican cultural arts of music, dance, and story.
CIRCLE UP AND TO BE HEARD Performances
December 11, 2016 at 4pm – 5:30pm
PTP’s youngest community actors will close out the festival with a vibrant performance of two original works about climate change, racism and bullying told through music, movement, creative costumes and fun characters. The To Be Heard group returns for a final performance.
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