A Collage of Original Scenes, Poems, Songs, Video and Movement

"In Response" is a multi-author response systematic racism in America presented by Towne Street Theatre, Oct. 10 - 25

By Brittany A. Gash
Published on LatinoLA: October 6, 2015

A Collage of Original Scenes, Poems, Songs, Video and Movement

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.'s premiere African-American theatre company, presents "In Response," a multi-author "response" to systemic racism throughout American history. "In Response" is presented from a historical perspective, spanning from 1800 to 2015, with a collage of original scenes, poems, songs, video, and movement written and created by its members.

There will be talkbacks and a call for audience responses during the run of the show at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, Fridays through Sundays from October 9th ÔÇô October 25th.

As artists of color, the company felt it had to respond to the recent numerous police shootings and violence against unarmed black men and women, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and the brutality suffered by African-Americans, beginning with slavery.

Community Response: Towne Street Theatre would like to empower the community and engage with their audience on their responses on this topic, each week after the 4:00 p.m. Sunday shows. The public is invited to share a poem, a spoken word piece, a letter, or a memory. The public can submit their ideas to tstsubmit@yahoo.com

Featuring the Towne Street Theatre Acting Company, "In Response" highlights a collection of poems, short plays and movement pieces that will touch on such poignant topics as interracial relationships, slavery, lynchings, the effects of race on public perceptions, job placement, freedom, and life experiences, as well as the hope and optimism for the future of race in America. There will also be video and images from the Civil War, the 1930's, 1968 Riots, and more

"In Response" Producers are Nancy Cheryll Davis, Nancy Renee, Nathaniel Bellamy, Veronica Thompson, Mark V. Jones, and Ken Cosby.

"In Response" Playwrights include: Deonte Bolden, Shonte Buford, Samantha Clay, Ken Cosby, Aissatou Diallo, Vincent Durham, Tiffany Heard, Anthony Johnson, Mark V. Jones, Madeline Puccioni, Barbara White Morgan, and William Warren.

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.'s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA 1992 riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together. The 9th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival begins in April of 2016 and is produced in association with the Stella Adler Theatre/LA. Towne Street has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre since 2004.

Tickets for "In Response" are only $8 for the Preview night (Oct 9th) and $12 for the entire run of the production. Tickets on sale now. Get them at tstinresponse.eventbrite.com

The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA 90028

For more information visit our website at townestreetla.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/TowneStreet.

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