Thank you for helping make Legislative Theatre a success! We gathered in 3 boroughs with 3 troupes and together, we engaged nearly 500 spect-actors, 5 elected officials, 7 city agencies, 21 policy advisors, 30 community actors and over 50 advocacy organizations in creative, participatory democracy! We watched, acted, voted and got activated towards real change around immigrant rights, cultural equity for low-income New Yorkers and the school-to-prison pipeline. Now we're working with actors, advocates and audiences to push these proposals forward.
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Sunday, May 7th @ 2pm
Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens NY 11368
Performance by AIDS Center of Queens County Troupe addressing immigration, homelessness, policing, and labor rights.
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.
Saturday, May 13th @ 2pm
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11217
Performance by Crown Heights Mediation Center Troupe addressing gun violence and the school-to-prison pipeline.
About Legislative Theatre
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.