Today, in the United States of America, black people are killed by police at a sharply higher rate than other Americans. We have trouble talking about it, let alone addressing it. We have to NOW.
The Every 28 Hours Plays is a collection of 76 one-minute plays, by a diverse range of playwrights, responding to the crisis of state-sanctioned violence against Black people and all people of color in the United States of America. It is produced nationally by Calling-up Productions and Claudia Alick. https://www.every28hoursplays.org/
Locally, our goal is to produce these plays throughout the region in as many formats and venues as possible. Using agrass roots model, we are growing this project from the ground up; hoping to inspire more participation with each public engagement. The project is intended to promote dialogue, so we aspire to facilitate a dialogue after the plays whenever possible.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Join our outreach list. Hear about upcoming performances and other opportunities to engage with the plays.
- Join our acting pool. The larger our pool of actors, the more flexible we are to respond to a call. We invite all people to participate regardless of acting experience.
- Host an event. Bring us to your group, organization or community. We are very adaptable to all venues and require virtually no set-up. Our standard presentation includes a 25 minute performance of the plays, followed by a facilitated solution-oriented dialogue with a flexible time limit. We invite hosts to read the collection and make requests for a customized playlist.
- Volunteer to support.
Please use the form below to share your interest with us.
Background on the Project from Claudia Alick, executive producer of Calling Up Productions
In August of 2014, we created a project called The Ferguson Moment in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival(OSF), artists in St. Louis and artists from across the nation. As news of Michael Brown’s death came forward, we connected with theatre artists in Ferguson and across the United States to spark and organize a national artistic response to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson, MO and its relationship to all of our communities and our history. The project took place over three days where we witnessed, served, and collaborated in artistic exchange. This open source project built the bridges for each of us to continue artistic exploration in our own organizations. OSF decided to continue with a national multi-perspective approach, and reached out to short form theater maker Dominic D’Andrea and The One-Minute Play Festival (1MPF) to continue.
Produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick,( OSF’s Community Producer) and Dominic D’Andrea (The One-Minute Play Festival, Producing AD), in association with local St. Louis theater makers, we developed The Every 28 Hours Plays, a national project focused on the current Civil Rights movement. The title came from the widely shared and contested statistic that every twenty-eight hours a black person is killed by vigilante, security guard, or the police in the United States. The project consists of around 76 short plays and original local content with participation from artists across the nation.
The North County 3-College Theatre and Social Justice Project
Our participation in The Every 28 Hours plays has prompted us to form a this new Theatre and Social Justice Project. We strive to create theatre experiences that provide a complex context and empathetic opening for respectful, solution-oriented dialogue following the plays. With support from the North County Higher Education Alliance, students, staff and faculty from Palomar College, Mira Costa College and CSUSM are collaborating to engage our region in the important issues that shape our times.