Serious comedy, “Message To Billy” to explore bias, race, class and gun control


Social Justice In Action presents a Staged Reading:
Message To Billy Fundraiser for Multicultural BRIDGE

On Tuesday, August 9th, Multicultural BRIDGE Social Justice In Action campaign will offer a rehearsed reading of a new one-act play, Message To Billy, hosted by Diana Felber Gallery, written by Steven Somkin and directed by Andrew Joffe with actors Debbie by Lora Lee Ecobelli and Eddie Allen.

Steve Somkin offers this Social Justice In Action fundraiser to benefit Multicultural BRIDGE. CEO and Founding Director, Gwendolyn VanSant, “I am delighted to bring this play that covers the intersections of Bias, Race, Class and Gun Control and conversation to our Berkshire Community. I look forward to Sharing Steven Somkin’s work and facilitating an engaged conversation afterwards.”

The underlying question of Message To Billy, a serious comedy, is what does it tell our children about ourselves when we let uncomfortable and unwelcome prejudices out in the open, especially if expresses in potentially violent ways. “Where I grew up the bullies were white!”

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For more information about The Multicultural BRIDGE:

Who: Multicultural BRIDGE & Diana Felber Gallery
What: “A Message To Billy”, A Steve Somkin Production
When: Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 PM
Where: Diana Felber Gallery, 6 Harris Street (Off Center Street), West Stockbridge, MA
Admission: Suggested Donation $25 tickets (no upward limit)
(Refreshments will be served following a post-performance discussion led by Gwendolyn VanSant)

RSVP: Reservations (essential): or 413-394-4029

About Multicultural BRIDGE

Multicultural BRIDGE is a small grassroots organization known for spreading our mission of striving for social and racial justice in a holistic, positive systems approach. BRIDGE works with children in schools along with their faculty and parents and training corporate, non-profit and municipal employees. In bridging the voices of unheard and underrepresented communities and their issues to the organizations, policymakers and fellow residents of our greater communities in order to build a unified thriving community, BRIDGE has excelled at catalyzing change and healing communities one person at a time while also fortifying organizations one cultural competence skill at a time. Often BRIDGE is utilized across the Commonwealth and outside within our neighboring states and is recognized in the criminal justice textbook, Understanding Hate Crimes by Dr. Petrosino, and by other researchers in social issues, positive psychology and racial justice.

The Multicultural BRIDGE Social Justice In Action (SJIA) Campaign is a program where members or our community hosts an event within their community to spread BRIDGE’s mission, spark an engaged conversation and to develop a network of community engagement. VanSant reminds us that this is a time of change in our national and local community and the bridge-building lies with the responsibility of each member of our community. VanSant, “We are catalysts for change and integration at Multicultural BRIDGE and we live our mission daily of promoting mutual respect and understanding through dialogue, fellowship and advocacy. I look forward to our year of SJIAs.”

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