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 postponed due to the pandemic, “Voices” offers digital theatrical experiences that aim to celebrate diverse voices and build a bridge from empathy to action.
Presented in the weeks leading up to the election, the program features presentations of poems read by local actors and curated quotes that shine a light on underrepresented American voices speaking out about the timely and pressing issues during this election year.
In a press release, TheatreWorks representatives said they are collaborating with Bay Area service organizations to provide resources to inspire action and make a difference in local communities.
The program includes virtual poem performances of two works by Langston Hughes – “I, Too” and “Let America Be America Again” – read by TheatreWorks artistic director Tim Bond and Bay Area actor Aldo Billingslea, respectively. Billingslea and fellow actors Roneet Aliza Rahamim, Aldo Khalia Davis, Jomar Tagatac, Rinabeth Apostol, Steven Flores, Juan Amador, Leigh Rondon-Davis and Phil Wong are collaborating on a reading of Beau Sia’s “Courage Rising.”
“Voices” also includes an interview with Tony Award winner and TheatreWorks alum James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway’s “Aladdin” and “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 (“Madam Secretary,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Hemlock Grove”) and directed by Lisa Rothe, “Truths” shares 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 offered through Nov. 3 on a sliding scale of $10-$100.
To purchase access and for more information, call 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.org.