SAFETY: A NEW PLAY ABOUT COMMUNITY-POLICE RELATIONS
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: http://www.artful.ly/civic-ensemble
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.
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!
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.
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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!