January 14 at 4pm and 8pm revel in the work of these writers and performers*
New work by Boston writers: Kirsten Greenidge, Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Michaël Harrington, Zahra Belyea, Monica Raymond, Letta Neely, Regie Gibson, and David Valdes Greenwood.
Submissions from artists around the nation: Daria Miyeko Marinelli, Mark Rosati, Marjorie Cohn, Terry Amara Boero, Clinnesha Sibley, Cary Gitter, Stephanie Alison Walker
Performers: Melinda Lopez, Michelle Dowd, Harsh Gagoomal, Margaret Clark in the acting ensemble, and featured performances by Nuzhet Khan and Jennifer Lord
Days before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, join Boston’s best performers and representatives from social justice communities for a night of Arts & Activism. For two performances only, theatre and spoken word artists from Boston and across the US will fill Deane Hall in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts in response to the issues raised by the election. The roster of performers and writers alike are majority People of Color and predominantly female, representing diversity of gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, country of origin, and faith.
Why “Pinning Our Hopes”? The safety pin is not just way of symbolizing “I stand with you” but an offer: “I will take action for you.” It says, “I accept the challenges and the risks of together facing those who would do harm.” That’s what this night is about: translating values and hopes into a safer society for us all. In that spirit, representatives from the Massachusetts ACLU, the Council on Islamic Relations, GLAD, Planned Parenthood and other social justice organization will share information on how audiences can make a difference in the years ahead. The printed program will contain further information on volunteer and donation opportunities statewide.
The Boston event takes place one night only, January 14, in the Deane Hall of the Calderwood Pavilion of the Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont, Boston).
The Boston Pinning Our Hopes event has already inspired two more sister events: Tertuglia/Pinning Our Hopes New York, organized by IATI Theater Todo Vanguardia, and Pinning Our Hopes Charlotte, both occurring on January 15.
Tickets are reserved in advance and free/pay what you can, with donation options at the door to benefit designation social justice organizations.
(*Included artists subject to change)