Simon’s Rock & Kickwheel Ensemble Theater present
Facing Our Truth with Multicultural BRIDGE
Wednesday, March 29 from 7-8:30 pm
in the McConnell Theatre, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock


In 2013, The New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. The resulting collection by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour and Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores, and A. Rey Pamatmat, reflecting on race relations in the United States continue to be presented around the country.

“Facing Our Truth’s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues,” says Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, Executive Director of Multicultural BRIDGE. Following the staged reading, Hampton VanSant, a Simon’s Rock alumna, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: director, actors, and members of the Council for Equity and Inclusion at Simon’s Rock.

Directing the one-acts plays are Sara Katzoff (Founding member of Kickwheel Ensemble and Simon’s Rock alumna), Emma Dweck, Jim Frangione, Chris Tucci, and Amy Brentano. An exciting mix of Simon’s Rock students, faculty, alumni, and staff perform the one-act plays.

The Facing Our Truth production team is committed to serving our community by presenting a vital theatrical response to the national conversation on race-based hate crimes, with the goal of addressing our specific, immediate need for an effective response to our County’s challenges around race, bias, and privilege. In light of the recent racialized events in our own community, the Council for Equity and Inclusion at Simon’s Rock invites educators and students from our neighboring institutions.

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