Mandala Center for Change presents:
"SHOUT OUT OR SHUT DOWN: A THEATRE DIALOGUE BETWEEN TEENS & ADULTS"
Featuring the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble
Friday, Dec. 7 @ 4:00 PM
Quimper Grange - 1219 Corona St. (off Sheridan)
Port Townsend, WA
FREE (with donations welcome)
"It is just accepted that adults are the authority and that young people have to listen. That power dynamic is something that most teens experience every day. It makes me wonder what is behind that mask of authority."
– Hannah Bahls, 16
With this special Rainbow of Desire interactive performance, the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble debuts its new Teen Initiative with a focus on teen voices.
Using the evocative and universal language of theatre, audience members will watch a short scenario portraying a tense interaction between a high school student and a teacher. This scene will then be deconstructed via a technique known as the Rainbow of Desire and serve as a springboard for the audience to explore the various dynamics at play and gain a deeper understanding of what may be informing the beliefs and motivations of each side, as well as within oneself.
More than simply role-playing, this dynamic process invites critical thinking and empathy, both mind and heart. It can be enlightening, empowering, and also a lot of fun. Anyone is welcome to attend and participate actively, add to the discussion, or simply witness the process.
"I am always so energized and inspired working with teenagers. They bring tremendous wisdom but consistently speak of not being taken seriously by adults. It's important to take the time to listen and then truly hear what they have to say. Our future depends on it."
– Marc Weinblatt, Mandala Center Co-Director
A part of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, the Rainbow of Desire structure uses physical imagery and improvisation to make visible the various fears, desires, and other emotions that may be happening below the surface interaction. It is a unique and compassionate way to learn about oneself as well as humanize the "other". The Mandala Center has used the Rainbow of Desire many times for public dialogue around polarizing issues all over the U.S. and internationally. Recently they used this technique locally on the theme of gun violence and access and how it relates to race, with last season's "Crossroads – the Right to Bear Arms."
* This project is made possible, in part, with support from the Port Townsend Arts Commission.