Arlington, VA

Student-Devised Play That Rediscovers African American Voices In Arlington

by ARLnow.com Sponsor June 11, 2019 at 10:50 am 0

Encore Stage & Studio is looking for a diverse group of high school students who are interested in acting, dancing and researching local history for its Flip the Script production.

Theatre is a powerful tool for examining the past and discerning intersections with the present. Encore Stage & Studio’s Flip the Script project seeks to develop an original theatre piece focused on Arlington, Virginia’s African American voices.

This program will use first person accounts from locals who experienced the desegregation of Arlington County Schools and utilize Arlington County Library’s recorded histories, in addition to site visits and support from historians.

Co-directors for this program are Madaline Langston and Aakhu Freeman. Encore’s Flip the Script project team is comprised of historians, community members and theatre professionals that will guide project participants in their research and artistic work.

The theatre sessions will be led by Ms. Langston and Ms. Freeman. Through a series of theatre exercises and improvisation, participants will devise theatrical vignettes as a response to the historic narratives discovered in earlier sessions.

The program will culminate in a final public performance as well as tours to schools, civic associations and more in order to present the work to a diverse audiences in Arlington. High school students are invited to the interest meeting on Monday, June 10, 5 p.m. at Encore’s Main Campus.

Rehearsals begin July 8. The full rehearsal calendar is available on Encore’s website. To learn more, visit www.encorestage.org or call (703)548-1154.

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