In this time of isolation, we’re turning what is often a solitary act into a public act. We’re crowdsourcing a new piece of theatre, which will be developed as part of Geva’s Festival of New Theatre in October, 2020. This new work will take its inspiration from a number of sources: the global pandemic that keeps us all from each other, the upcoming U.S. national election and all of the state and local elections to be held in the fall of 2020, Representative John Lewis’ call to create change by getting into “good trouble,” and our own need to find inspiration and hope in order to persevere.
We’re asking our friends and colleagues to share with us a response to this prompt:
When this isolation ends and those of us who have been in our homes for over a month return to our daily routines, we will return to a world that has changed as a result of our not being in it. What further changes do you want to make – big or small – personally, socially, politically, artistically? And what or who inspires you to make those changes?
Your response can be written prose or poetry, photography, a recorded message in word, song or movement, whatever you’re inspired to create.
“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way,” Representative Lewis said in 2016. “We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.”
“Thank you for getting in trouble!” Lewis said. “Good trouble.”
Use this google form to upload your creation. This coming fall, Geva’s Associate Artistic Director Pirronne Yousefzadeh and Literary Director Jenni Werner will put together a team to create a new piece of theatre inspired by your artistry, and what’s happening in the world right now.
Questions? Leave them in the comments for us and we’ll get back to you!