Dramaturged by Ryan Claycomb
Claudia Rankine's bold new book is CSU’s Common Read for 2020-21. Citizen recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on people of color’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in America.
7:30pm reading; 9:00pm post-reading discussion via Zoom
ON THE BRINK
Curated by Professor Saffron Henke
What have we learned from 2020? How do we as theatre artists respond to this moment?
These are multifaceted times we are facing, not just in terms of the political, social, and cultural upheavals that 2020 brought upon us, but also the challenges the pandemic has brought to live performance as well. In response, this Spring, the Colorado State University Theatre Department will begin a series of readings of new works addressing the hot topic themes of our times – issues that have pushed our culture to the brink...and that reveal whole new worlds of possibilities. A collaboration of professional theatre artists, faculty members, current students, and CSU alumni, On the Brink will explore works representing a variety of underrepresented voices and perspectives.
Professor Saffron Henke’s goals for the series are to expose students at CSU to work from artists they may not otherwise know, to share with students the work their professors do, to encourage a curiosity for and practive of reading new plays, and to bring together faculty, professional artists and students in creative collaboration.
Date, time, and program information are subject to change.
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