The Washington Post, Theatre & Dance …the show offers an inversion of the usual race/class structure in America: Kate, the upper-middle-class doctor’s daughter is Black; the other five characters are working-class White people. When Mike climbs the social ladder out of Southie, his old friends mock him as “lace-curtain Irish.”
To help the audience process these issues, Keegan is partnering this season with Challenging Racism, an Arlington-based organization trying to educate Americans about systemic racism. Facilitators from the group will moderate an Audience Talkback session after one show in each run of the theater’s eight plays this season. Bringing the cast and production team together, the discussion will delve deeper into the concerns raised by the show. Moreover, representatives from Challenging Racism will visit rehearsals occasionally to help the cast and crew negotiate the same issues before the show even opens. To read the full article from the Washington Post, click here.
The Keegan Theatre recently announced the details of their 25th anniversary season, which will include old favorites, regional and world premieres, new play development, and a summer repertory for families. This season will also mark the the company’s first time partnering with the Arlington-based organization Challenging Racism to support education on the prevalence of discrimination and provide tools to challenge hatred. In addition to leading anti-racism workshops with Keegan staff and Board of the Directors, Challenging Racism is partnering with Keegan all season long to provide behind-the-scenes support and education around issues of race (as they arise in the plays themselves) and in the room where the art is made, as well as working with Keegan to create audience enrichment and education opportunities, from talkbacks to dramaturgical and other educational materials, in conjunction with each production.
To read the press release from the Keegan Theatre, click here.
In recent news, there has been a lot of conversation on Critical Race Theory (CRT). The term has been used in the media and in our communities. We would like to explain what CRT is and provide some resources for you to learn more about it. To read the full statement and check out more resources on CRT click here.
Challenging Racism wants to thank all of our generous sponsors and participants for our 3rd Annual “Running Against Racism” virtual 5K race. Because of you, we reached our fundraising goal of $10K, and look forward to reaching new audiences with our mission “to empower and inspire people to disrupt racism one compassionate conversation at a time”. To read the full release, click here.