We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it. -Augusto Boal, 2009
Legislative Theatre – a particular type of Forum Theatre – brings citizens, legislators and policymakers together into creative dialogue about the policies and laws that affect communities facing oppression.
At TONYC’s annual Legislative Theatre Festival, you will watch original plays based on the actors’ lived experiences of discrimination in New York City. You will act onstage alongside the actors to offer alternative responses to these systemic problems on an individual, institutional, or policy level. And you will submit ideas to representatives from City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the federal government, and then vote to carry these ideas forward to their respective chambers. You will use theatre, in other words, to spark concrete civic change.
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC presents
The 5th annual Legislative Theatre Festival
3 boroughs, 3 troupes, 3 FREE events: May 7-13
RSVP: Sunday, May 7th @ 2pm
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens NY 11368
Performance by AIDS Center of Queens County Troupe addressing immigration, housing and labor rights.
RSVP: Wednesday, May 10th @ 7pm
University Settlement, Speyer Hall
184 Eldridge Street, New York NY 10002
Performance by Concrete Justice addressing cultural equity and access for low-income New Yorkers.
RSVP: Saturday, May 13th @ 2pm
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11217
Performance by Crown Heights Mediation Center Troupe addressing community safety and the school-to-prison pipeline.
To collaborate or participate:
Rebecca Kelly Golfman, Creative Advocacy Coordinator
Patrick Kowalczyk, PKPR