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WE MUST BREATHE

A RESPONSE FROM CHICAGO PLAYWRIGHTS AND POETS

December 18, 7:00 PM
Zacek McVay Mainstage

directed by Joanie Shultz

In recent months the untimely and heartbreaking deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd, and countless others have brought to light ongoing national issues of race, discrimination and inequality. Droves of individuals across the country have taken to the streets participating in rallies, riots and die-ins. As an artistic community in Chicago we have a responsibility to counter social inequalities through artistic expression.

We Must Breathe begins with performance pieces from a diverse group of artists, including Victory Gardens Ensemble playwrights Marcus Gardley (The Gospel of Lovingkindness; Black Odyssey) and Tanya Saracho (El Nogalar; Mala Hierba),  Nambi Kelley (Native Son), Andrew Hinderaker (Dirty; Suicide Incorporated), Kristiana Colón (Octagon; Lack on Lack), Calamity West (The Peacock, The Gacy Play), Nikki Patin (Surviving the Mic), Javon Smith (Louder than a Bomb), Kevin Coval (Young Chicago Authors) and Malcolm London (Young Chicago Authors) and several others. Performances are directed by Joanie Schultz. Following the performances is an open forum, moderated by Samuel Roberson exploring the social issues expressed by the featured artists. 

Admission is free.

COALITION IN SUPPORT OF WE MUST BREATHE

Mothers of Murdered Sons 
Congo Square Theatre 
Amnesty International 
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Dr. Gaylord Haylard-Harden of Loyola University
I Grow Chicago 
J-DEF Peace Project 
Imagine Englewood If… 
Arte y Vida 
Dr. Soyini Madison of Northwestern University
JRV MAJESTY Productions
Civil Rights Agenda 
League of Chicago Theatres
Adventure Stage Chicago
Black Ensemble Theater
Human Rights Watch