Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 7:30p
Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
Box Office Hours:
Performance days 10am–curtain
To purchase tickets by phone, call (413) 997-4444.
Facing Our TruthBuy Tickets
In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing our Truth which continue to be presented around the country often around February 5th, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. Facing Our Truth‘s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues. In light of recent tragic events in our own community and the need for an effective response to our County’s challenges around race, bias and privilege, Yvette Jamuna Sirker, Kristen van Ginhoven and Gwendolyn VanSant present a staged reading of these plays. Professional actors will perform alongside community members. A facilitated community conversation will follow.
This event is sponsored by Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Theater Group, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Mass Humanities, Multicultural BRIDGE and WAM Theatre. Proceeds from this event support the work of Multicultural BRIDGE.
If the ticket price presents a financial barrier please contact Multicultural BRIDGE at 413-394-4029 or email Facingourtruth@multiculturalbridge.org for more information.
This event is recommended for ages 14 and up. There is strong language and mature content.
Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah
Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat
Natalie Johnsonius Neubert
Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker
Kristen van Ginhoven
The performers, who are an exciting mix of professional theatre performers and community personalities, will be acting alongside each other onstage. They include:
Roberta McCullough Dews
Ty Allan Jackson
Don Quinn Kelley
A panel discussion, moderated by Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, will follow the staged reading. The panelists include:
Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn
Cultural Proficiency Coach and ROPE/Youth Alive Director Shirley Edgerton
MCLA Education Professor Dr. Christopher Himes