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Thursday 18 December 2014

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We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets 


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Victory Gardens Theater proudly presented We Must Breathe: A Response from Chicago Playwrights and Poets, a special event gathering members of Chicago’s artistic community to share their views on discrimination, race and inequality, followed by a discussion about these social issues,  livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 18 December 2014 at 5 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 7 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 8 p.m. EST (New York). 

Follow and interact with We Must Breathe on Twitter using #wemustbreathe.

In recent months the 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. During this live event, members of the Chicago artistic community will address these topics through artistic expression.

We Must Breathe features performances from poets and playwrights directed by Victory Gardens’ Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz, and a forum discussion on the performance topics, moderated by Congo Square Theatre’s Artistic Director Samuel Roberson. 

It will begin 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), Damon Williams (Lack on Lack), Nikki Patin (Surviving the Mic), Javon Smith (Louder than a Bomb), Kevin Coval (Young Chicago Authors), Malcolm London (Young Chicago Authors), and several others.

The Coalition in support of We Must Breathe includes: Mothers of Murdered Sons, Congo Square Theatre, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, 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, Amnesty International, Dr. Noni Gaylord-Harden of Loyola University, Black Ensemble Theatre, and Adventure Stage Chicago.



Victory Gardens Theater is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theatre that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays and musicals. 



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HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archiveof past events.

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I think this is fantastic and Sammy, you know I love you, but will we just sit in the theater all self-congratulatory that we "participated in the movement", or will we invite the artists & audience to hit-the-streets in protest directly after?