BroadArts Theatre announces two encore performances of our 'dramady' centering on four generations of peacemakers and their ~ and our ~ bravery, despair and resilience. The original cast returns Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26th, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th, Portland, 8 p.m. Tickets: $16 in advance $18 at the door. PG-13. Group rates available.
"Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world."
~ Jane Addams
(1932 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner, founder Women's Peace Party)
BroadArts Theatre, Portland's social justice theatre troupe, continues it's first full scale theatrical production Friday & Saturday, April 25th & 26th at 8 pm, at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th, Portland. This 'dramady', titled HOMELAND IN~SECURITY, is a story that combines magical realism, original music, current events and historical women peacemakers into a play about preventing war and the possibilities of peace. Written, composed and directed by BroadArts Theatre's Artistic Director, Melinda E. Pittman, the original show continues with these encore performances. Tickets are reserved seating $16 in advance by mail, and $18 at the door. Seating is limited. The show is recommended for mature audiences.
The mission of BroadArts Theatre is to create artistic performances that express the impact women and minorities have in creating a more equal, peaceful, compassionate and just society.
HOMELAND IN~SECURITY, or PEACE ON EARTH GOODWILL TO ANGLO-SAXONS, draws from the lives of Austrian Baroness Bertha Von Suttner, the first pacifist and first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, American Jane Addams, founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Jeanette Rankin, the first US Congresswoman and only person to vote against both World War I and II, and Barbara Lee, the current Congresswoman from the Bay Area, who was the only vote against Bush's open-ended "PATRIOT Act" of 2001. HOMELAND IN~SECURITY features eight new songs, including Jane Addams singing ACTION, The Baroness singing I COULD HAVE TALKED ALL NIGHT, Jeanette Rankin singing WE'RE WHACKING IRAQ, and Barbara Lee singing WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, a song inspired by the words of Fannie Lou Hamer. Local actress Susan Jonsson portrays the Baroness, Amelia Zirin-Brown enlivens Jane Addams, Sharon Mann enacts Jeanette Rankin and Val-Jeanne' Jupiter Davidson plays Barbara Lee. Phil Rudolph joins the cast in the dual roles of the omnipotent custodian, Mr. Primus, and the Warden, Bomb Rigid. Ralyn Miller appears as the Guard and the Stage Manager.
"This past fall at the Peace Salons, we were inspired by the words and stories of local women activists and their courageous work for peace," said Melinda E. Pittman, Artistic Director of BroadArts Theatre. " We wrote this new play to tell some of the many untold stories of peacemakers." BroadArts Theatre PEACE SALONS, featured vignettes of HOMELAND IN~SECURITY along with the talks by local activists who work for peace and non-violence and discussions with the audience. BroadArts Theatre and the Oregon Peace Institute worked in partnership on the series. Fifteen local women activists participated in the Peace Salons, including Elisabeth Linder, Kathleen Saadat, Pat Schwiebert, Frances Portillo, Geri Washington, Rachel O'Roarke, April Chambers, Rebecca Payne, Valerie Chapman, Del Greenfield, Bonnie Reagan, Deb Lippoldt, Kay Reid, Jan Mihara and Ann Huntwork.
"I want to say that I think the work you are doing is incredibly important. Thinking, feeling and singing are three important elements of my life and the Peace Salon gave these to me and helped reaffirm my faith in our potential as principled, loving and singing human beings. Thank you for inviting me."
-Trainer, Facilitator and speaker on issues of race, class and gender equality
BroadArts grew out of audience response to Pittman's award-winning play WONDERBROADS, a comedy musical about real American women who have changed the world. WONDERBROADS continues to tour regionally and nationally.
For tickets or information on HOMELAND IN~SECURITY or other shows, contact BroadArts Theatre at 503-288-5181, by email at BroadArts@aol.com or on our website at www.BroadArts.org. BroadArts Theatre is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.
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