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Thurs, Sep 17 – Confronting Racism In and Through the Arts with GALA Hispanic Theatre Co-Founders Hugo and Rebecca Medrano
September 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
WNDC announces a continuation of our recurring series Social Role of the Arts. This fall, our theme is Confronting Racism In and Through the Arts. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re pleased to welcome GALA Hispanic Theatre Co-Founders Hugo Medrano, Producing Artistic Director, and Rebecca Read Medrano, Executive Director to kick off the series.
Like its roots in the Latin American theater, GALA has always had social justice and racial equality at its core. The Medranos will explore various kinds of racism from within and without the Latinx community, and the role of artists to become catalysts for social change.
They will also discuss a recent initiative called Stories from the Park’n Lots in which residents from their local community are invited into story circles to explore their issues such as lack of housing, gentrification, and racial tensions. These stories are being videotaped for development into a performance piece.
Mark your calendar for the full series:
- Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 from 11:30 to 1:00 pm: Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Stage in SW
- Thursday, Nov 19, 2020 from 11:30 to 1:00 pm: Raymond Caldwell, Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance in Anacostia Playhouse in SE
- Thursday, Dec 17 2020 from 11:30 to 1:00 pm: Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director, and Serge Seiden, Managing Director and Producer, of Mosaic Theater in NE