Touring Ithaca 9/19 - 28

Touring Ithaca 9/19 – 28

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 Directed by Sarah K. Chalmers


Fri. 9/19 @ Lehman Alternative Community School (111 Chestnut St.) – 8pm

Sat. 9/20 @ Lehman Alternative Community School – 2pm & 8pm

Thurs. 9/25 @ Cornell University (Barnes Hall) – 8pm

Fri. 9/26 @ Ithaca College (Textor 101) – 7:30pm

Sat. 9/27 @ Latino Festival (Beverly J. Martin School Library) – 5pm

Sun. 9/28 @ Calvary Baptist Church (507 N. Albany St.) – BENEFIT for Southside Community Center – 6pm


Reservations recommended:

Tickets are “Pay-What-You-Can” At The Door.

No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.


Safety: A New Play About Community-Police Relations is Civic Ensemble’s newest “Community-Based Play.” It has been developed over the course of a year with extensive input from civilian community members as well as police officers.


Members of the Ithaca community, ranging in age from 16-70, make up the cast of Safety:

Blane “Bravo Blane” Bent               Christina-Marie Brewington                               Ed Dvorak                 

Lisa Ellin                 Rudy Gerson              Rachel Gould             Tin Ho          

Larisa Camacho Lillie                        Danny Marte

The cast has been working together since early July to create this piece. It is comprised of stories told by community members and interviews with law enforcement officers conducted between September 2013 and August 2014. Several Ithaca Police Department officers, including Police Chief John Barber, have visited the cast throughout the process to discuss police viewpoints on community and law enforcement.


The Cast of Safety

The Cast of Safety

The Safety Cast in Rehearsal

The Safety Cast in Rehearsal

What is a “Community-Based Play?” Click here to find out!

Getting Involved:

Civic Ensemble and a group of community members (hopefully including you) will work together to create a play from the stories, interviews, and other primary source material. Those same community members will perform the play in 2014 in Ithaca, NY.

You don't have to tell stories to perform in the play, but everyone who tells stories is welcome to participate as an actor if they wish. There is no experience necessary. The process of creating and performing the play brings people together to reach a common goal. It's hard work, it's fun, and it helps the community talk about a tough topic. Consider taking a risk and jumping in!

Contact Sarah at or 917-603-0621 if you're interested in performing in the play.


There are many ways to get involved besides performing.

You can help with the development of the script, work on props, set, costumes, or marketing. Do you have experience stage managing? Let us know. We welcome all ages and levels of ability.

Contact or 917-603-0621 for more information.

Civic Artists are conducting one-on-one interviews with both civilians and law enforcement officers.
To set up an interview, contact Sarah K. Chalmers at or Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. at or call us at (607) 241-0195.

For More Info

Contact Sarah K. Chalmers at Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. at, or call us at (607) 241-0195, or fill out the form below.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the playmaking process and performances, but it is not required; you do not have to perform in the play to take part in sharing your opinions and stories. Stories will only be used in the play with permission of the participant. NO PRIOR THEATRE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Come for the experience or come for the topic. We welcome you to participate!

Do you have a story or anecdote about your experiences with the Police? You can share it anonymously below.

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Thank You to Our Supporters:

Alternatives Federal Credit UnionMulticultural Resource Center     LACS

Southside Community CenterGreater Ithaca Activities CenterCornell Public Service CenterCommunity Foundation of Tompkins County

Tompkins Trust Company