Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus

Megan Sandberg-Zakian has been crowdsourcing content from The Ferguson Moment Facebook group and with Claudia Alick published some exciting content for educators and theater makers! 

"Immediately following the events of Aug. 9, 2014—when the unarmed Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson—we worked with a group of artists from around the country to bear witness, to serve and to collaborate artistically with the community of Ferguson, Mo. We used a Facebook group, a hashtag (#TheFergusonMoment) and a blog to communicate and connect to more than 1,000 other artists and organizers around the country creating art in resonance with this moment in American history.

The breadth and depth of artistic actions around the country is inspiring. From new play commissions to community conversations, from guerrilla street performances to casts of Off-Broadway plays standing in solidarity at curtain call, theatre artists and institutions around the nation are stepping forward to join the new civil rights movement inspired by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, John Crawford and many others (and by the failure thus far to see any indictments, let alone prosecutions for their deaths).

This December, as theatres and drama departments are deciding what plays to present in their 2015-2016 seasons, we have an unprecedented opportunity: Which plays can we program, read and teach that will be in resonance with this moment and this movement?"

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