Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Social Justice Hip-Hop Theater Company Comes to the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 4:44 PM

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Truthworker Theater Company brings two of their plays to Poughkeepsie this weekend. The group is a hip-hop theater company for high school and college-aged youth, based in Brooklyn, emphasizing social justice. Director Samara Gaev founded the company as a means of exploring contemporary issues and developing ways to create social change.

“Bar Code: A Performative Analysis of the School-to-Prison Pipeline” draws connections from Willie Lynch to Trayvon Martin and uses material from interviews with youths who have been incarcerated. This play examines oppression through the use of rhyme, multimedia, and theater. “Bar Code” appears at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie on Friday, April 1, at 3pm and 8pm. Watch the trailer.

“In|Prism: Boxed In and Blacked Out in America” follows one man’s experience on death row. Jarvis Jay Masters, an innocent man on death row, has worked directly with Samara Gaev for this project. “In|Prism” takes the stage on Saturday, April 2 at 5pm at the Spitzer Auditorium (Room 212) in the Sanders Classroom Building at Vassar. View the preview.

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