Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments

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Portland’5 and The Red Door Project Present
Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments
October 17, 18, 19, 20. 7:30PM.
There will be an additional 11AM performance on October 19.
Winningstad Theatre. Portland, Oregon.
All Ages. Ticket Price: FREE with reservation.
Tickets available: Wednesday, October 12 at noon

(Portland, Oregon) Portland’5 and The Red Door Project Present Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. Seven one-person performances by Black actors that provide unflinching accounts of what it is like to be Black in America.

The monologues are gripping, powerful, and stir many emotions. After each performance, a cast member leads the audience through a frank discussion about race.

A powerful set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and others. Seven black playwrights have been commissioned to write monologues that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling. By playwrights Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi Kelley, NSangou Njikam, Eric Holmes, Dennis A Allen II.

Starring La’Tevin Alexander, Alonzo Chadwick, Sekai Edwards, Joseph Gibson, Jasper Howard, Jonathan Thompson and Ashley Williams.

Directed by Kevin Jones.

“Hands Up, a series of seven monologues written by six black men and one black woman, is a reflection of the diverse reactions that emerged in the black community post Ferguson. Yes, they are stories of pain, but more profoundly, they are stories of remarkable resilience. As the director, I have chosen to focus on the power in that resilience. I base this choice on the fact that as a community, though we must be cognizant of injustice and aware of victimization, that is not what will help us to heal.

What helps any individual (or group) to grow and thrive is being connected to their strengths, gifts and the ability to emerge from whatever life puts on their path. It’s what builds the capacity to see one’s value — and act accordingly. There’s obviously no single path, except the path that connects us to our wholeness, potential and humanity.

The August Wilson Red Door Project is committed to changing the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.” — Kevin Jones


You can reserve up to four seats.

Please keep in mind that due to language and content, the show may not be suitable for children.
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By: Portland'5 Centers for the Arts

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