|At this pivotal post-election time we are honored to welcome award-winning playwright, activist and theater artist, Linda Parris-Bailey to our area. Her nationally recognized work focuses a community towards moral health and positive action. Come participate and see how powerful a story can be.
Linda Parris-Bailey is primary Playwright-in-Residence and Executive/Artistic Director of the Knoxville, TN-based Carpetbag Theatre Inc., “a professional, multigenerational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works giving artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression.” Her story-based plays with music focused on themes of transformation and empowerment.
Speed Killed My Cousin is a stunning new play by Linda Parris-Bailey, rooted in the story of an African American female combat soldier and her struggle with post traumatic stress disorder upon her return home from Iraq. A third generation soldier, the central character courts death by vehicular suicide. With support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project (with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).
See this play at Next Stage on Saturday November 19 at 7 PM or Sunday November 20th at 2 PM.
Movement and voice exercises that improve fitness and wellness activities for warriors and their families. Leadership naturally emerges from these exchanges as people take charge of their own process and story. The role of the visiting artists and workshop leaders is to transfer skills that will strengthen existing peer mentorship programs, such as the Tampa PRRC “Voices of Recovery” group, and develop new leadership where arts-based programs do not currently exist. In addition, public performances and dialogues raise awareness about veteran’s issues, educate the public, connect veterans to the larger community, and build bridges of understanding. Join Linda’s workshop on Wednesday November 16th from 4 – 5:30 PM at Next Stage.
Join the Artist/Activist Lunchtime Conversation with Linda Parris-Baily and Don Spencer of Ruck Up as they are interviewed by Jon Potter on Wednesday November 16th from 12 – 1:30 PM at 118 Elliot.
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