Theatre of the Oppressed Performance Goes Virtual, Sept. 24

Theatre of the Oppressed Performance Goes Virtual, Sept. 24

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The performance is a First-Year Experience Thrive event, co-sponsored by University offices across campus, including the Center for Social Impact, The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, and many more.

The performance will be presented via livestream on Zoom and YouTube on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m.

In Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s latest performance, the day’s most current events and headlines will be woven into an entrancing, two-hour performance of scenes from Restricted Places II and USA: U Stand Alone. The event will be livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m.
 
Comprised of both a performance and a talk-back session, the livesteam event will offer commentary on immigration discrimination, aiming to help students learn new techniques of protesting social justice inequalities in the world. This particular performance is put on by Theatre of the Oppressed NYC’s Rapid Response Troupe, a group of everyday citizen-actors who come together to produce last-minute performances on timely social justice topics.
 
Theatre of the Oppressd is a genre of alternate theatre developed by Brazilian political and theatrical activist Augusto Boal, in which troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, designed to engage diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming to activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression. The theatre is created by people who have personally experienced the oppression they explore in their performance — issues such as social inequality, racism, sexism, and anti-immigration.
 
For Martha LoMonaco, PhD, professor of theatre and American studies, Theatre of the Oppressed is not only a shining example of social justice theatre, but a model of how such issues can be addressed in society at large.
 
“The whole point of Theatre of the Oppressed is to recognize the problem, understand its challenges, and then find ways to overcome and defeat it. This is theatre as social activism and anyone can be trained to do it,” she said. “What a perfect way for our Fairfield University community to put social justice in action.”
 
The performance is a First-Year Experience Thrive event, and it is co-sponsored by the following University offices across campus: The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation; the Center for Social Impact; the Residence College of Service for Justice; the Catholic Studies Program; the Department of Modern Language and Literature; the Department of Women, Gender, and Society Studies; the Peace and Justice Program; the Visual and Performing Arts Program; the Humanitarian Action Studies Program; the International Studies Program; the Politics Program; and the Environmental Studies Program.
 
To receive the Zoom link and live streaming options to watch the performance, please RSVP on Life@Fairfield
 
Contact Julie Mughal, associate director of Humanitarian Action for the Center for Social Impact, at jmughal@fairfield.edu.

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