PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 1, 2019 — MediaRites, a nonprofit organization that provides innovative, award-winning documentary, theatre and outreach programs, announces a touring performance of its Theatre Diaspora program.
This short version of Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project is an adaptation that focuses specifically on exclusion and inclusion, and features the debut of an original monologue “Ruega Por Mi” by Yasmin Ruvalcaba (performed by Yolanda Porter), along with the returning monologues “That Diversity Thing” by Bonnie Ratner & Roberta Hunte (performed by Shelley B. Shelley) and “Harvest” by Dmae Roberts (performed by Larry Toda). The show was originally directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly, and addresses the intersections of race, gender, orientation and national origin, with stories specifically from Pacific Northwest perspectives.
This touring version of Here On This Bridge: The –Ism Project will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:30pm, hosted by Bag&Baggage Productions at The Vault Theater in Downtown Hillsboro. Admission is free, and donations are accepted at the door. The 35-minute performance explores the question of how to be inclusive of communities of color, despite a history of exclusion in our area. A post-show discussion will follow the performance, giving audience members the opportunity to ask questions, further engage with this challenging issue, and bridge divides, with the ultimate goal of creating much-needed empathy, understanding, and compassion.
MediaRites’ touring performances are made possible with funding from Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF), and generous venue support by Bag&Baggage Productions at the Vault Theatre in Hillsboro, 350 E Main St, Hillsboro, OR 97123.
More info about the entire project at: http://mediarites.org/the-ism-project/
Event link: https://hereonthisbridge.eventbrite.com
About Theatre Diaspora
MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora program is Oregon’s only professional Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatre company, committed to portraying authentic AAPI cultural, historical, and social perspectives to reach broad audiences. By strongly advocating through compelling performances and post-show discussions, Theatre Diaspora bridges communities to foster inclusion, social-awareness, and open conversations on race and cultural diversity – celebrating the AAPI experience. To learn more, visit the website: www.theatrediaspora.org.
MediaRites provides innovative, award-winning documentary, theatre and outreach programs. Previous projects include the Peabody-winning Crossing East, the eight hour-documentary radio series; Mei Mei, the film version of the Peabody-winning radio documentary, The Breast Cancer Monologues, a radio and theater outreach project, Ellen McLaughlin’s Tongue of a Bird and the original stage play, The Time Between (part of The Grief Project); Coming Home: The Return of the Alutiiq Masks and In The Mix: Conversations with Artists Between Races. Our artistic documentaries have garnered two Peabody awards, several Asian American Journalists Awards, the Clarion, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award, and the Casey Medal. For more information, visit the MediaRites website: www.mediarites.org.
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