Saturday, February 25 at 7:30pm
University Theatre (TH), JO 2.702J
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021
#VOICED, written by Janelle Gray and directed by Tinamarie Ivey, is an exciting multimedia play where characters interact through digital technologies: Instagram, FaceTime, Texts, news stories, and Youtube. Students are seen scrolling on their phones, taking pictures, and using social media, all of which is witnessed on screens designed for the stage and seen by the audience.
Story Summary: For the seniors at Lamont Private School, there’s nothing but blue skies ahead as they prepare to head to college — until a mass shooting at a nearby school hits a little too close to home. With only a semester left until graduation, six student journalists explore the tragedy only to find that their relationships with issues like parental pressure, racism, immigration, religion, and mental health may affect their ability to make positive change. Tired of being silenced, these six friends have to decide if it's worth the sacrifice to move from reporting the news to creating it, risking their reputation and future to finally speak out about issues that really matter to them.
This performance contains mature language and adult situations. It may not be suitable for all audiences.
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About the playwright: Creative Janelle Gray is an instructor from Dallas, Texas, who produces and publishes under her company, "All A Gray Area." Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing and Literature, and a Graduate Certificate in Social Justice from Harvard University Extension School. She teaches rhetoric at UT Dallas, where she is a doctoral student.
About the director: Before coming to UTD as a PhD candidate, Tinamarie Ivey co-founded the nonprofit theater company "Sanctuary Stage," producing projects that promote diversity, social justice, and awareness. Ivey taught theater courses and directed productions for Oregon State University, Linn-Benton College, Humboldt State University, and Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She received a Fellow award from LBCC for her research: Equity and Inclusion, Implementation of Classroom Teaching Strategies utilizing Applied Theater in the Classroom.
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