Fifth ‘Legislative Festival’ of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

(Screen shot from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC video)

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, an organization which promotes social change by working with social service organizations and city agencies to form community-based theater troupes, is holding its fifth annual “Legislative Festival.” The objective: to actively engage community members – known as “spect-actors” – as well as policymakers and local politicians, in drawing attention to overlooked issues and concerns, and to actually develop legislative solutions to problems.

As similar theater ensembles in countries around the world do, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC draws on the groundbreaking work of Brazilian theater artist Augusto Boal.

On May 10 the theater group Concrete Justice was scheduled to give a performance “addressing cultural equity and access for low-income New Yorkers” at 7 p.m. at Speyer Hall, University Settlement on Eldridge Street in lower Manhattan. Community members attending would be invited to act out their ideas “and work together to find solutions,” then vote on proposals for city legislators.

On May 13, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC will go to BRIC for a 2 p.m. performance by the Crown Heights Mediation Center Troupe, addressing community safety and the school-to-prison pipeline.

In the video below, two representatives from Theater of the Oppressed NYC and a community ensemble member are interviewed on BRIC TV. Learn more about what’s planned for the event at BRIC, and find out how the group’s interactions with City Council member Carlos Menchaca resulted in an important fix in the IDNYC application.

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