To encourage its audiences to get out the vote and stand up for racial justice, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has launched an online initiative called “Voices of Democracy.”
Part of TheatreWorks from Home, a virtual stage for the company while in-person performances are on hold due to the pandemic, “Voices” offers digital theatrical experiences that celebrate diverse voices and build a bridge from empathy to action.
The program features poems read by actors and curated quotes that shine a light on underrepresented Americans speaking out about timely and pressing issues.
“Voices” includes virtual poem readings of Langston Hughes’ “I, Too” and “Let America Be America Again,” performed by TheatreWorks artistic director Tim Bond and Bay Area actor Aldo Billingslea, respectively. Billingslea and fellow actors Roneet Aliza Rahamim, Khalia Davis, Jomar Tagatac, Rinabeth Apostol, Steven Flores, Juan Amador, Leigh Rondon-Davis and Phil Wong will collaborate on a reading of Beau Sia’s “Courage Rising.”
“Voices” also includes an interview with Tony Award winner and TheatreWorks alum James Monroe Iglehart (“Hamilton”).
The initiative culminates in the streaming of Jeanne Sakata’s “Hold These Truths,” filmed during the 2018 TheatreWorks production. Starring Joel de la Fuente and directed by Lisa Rothe, “Truths” is the story of a Japanese American who passionately defends his constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country. Access to the video stream of “Truths” is available through Nov. 3 on a sliding scale of $10-$100.
To purchase access and for more information, call 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.org.