From February 5th to 7th at 8:00pm each night, ArtsCenter Stage and Common Ground Theatre with the support of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company and in conjunction with the Ladies of the Triangle Theatre (LoTT) will present Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, a collection of monologues by African-American playwrights featuring a wide range of perspectives on being a black man in America in the 21st century. Each performance will be followed by an interactive post show discussion that will culminate in the collection of ideas and individuals across all spectrums of identity, profession, and location to create a new work to be performed in late June at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. You can follow us at #LoTTRiseUp on Twitter.
Over the past couple of weeks, I connected with the amazing women to hear their thoughts on why this play was so important and the impact they hope it will have.
Thoughts from Devra Thomas
Thoughts from Jeri Lynn Schulke
Thoughts from Monet Marshall
Thoughts from Jules Odendahl-James
In that same way, I hope that the experience of HandsUP for the audience would be a similar test of our endurance. An opportunity to 'check-in' with ourselves about stories, bodies, and actions in our community. A chance to call out injustice without apology. And yet, there is another hope that beyond that naming, beyond the catharsis of telling stories of struggle, the HandsUP pieces can be a catalyst for us to work towards something better for our specific place and space here in the Triangle. To do that means we asks questions that go beyond these pieces. Whose voices don't we hear in these monologues that have similar experiences in our communities? What artistic forms should our responses take to state violence and institutionalized racism? How might the dialogue that emerges out of those forms influence specific social change in our communities? And how do we find a way to sustain these efforts beyond a few nights at the theater? Because while Ferguson might fade from memory, the conditions which made those events possible endure. And so must we.
Thoughts from Kathryn Hunter-Williams
Thoughts from Ana Radulescu
HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments
Written by Dennis Allen, Idris Goodwin, Glenn Gordon, Eric Holmes, Nathan James, and Nathan Yungerberg
Directed by Monet Noelle Marshall
Dramaturgy by Jules Odendahl-James and Jacqueline E. Lawton
Featuring Malcolm Evans, Kenny Lampkin, Jordan Marshall, Justin Peoples, CJ Suitt and Marcus Zollicoffer
Stage Manager: JaMeeka Holloway
Produced by ArtsCenter Stage
Plan Your Visit
What: HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments
When: February 5-7 at 8:00 pm
Where: Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd, Durham
RSVP: (919) 384-7817
Online Tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4916
*HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments is produced in association with the New Black Fest.