Collaboraction Theatre Company tackles violence again in traveling play

May 09, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

The sequel to Collaboraction Theatre Company’s hit play, “Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology,” set for release this summer, targets the issue of violence in the city head-on.

With the help of the Chicago Park District, the company will take “Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise” to four public parks--Austin Town Hall Park, Hamilton Park, LeClaire Hearst Park and Sherman Park--and offer free admission.

Collaboration hopes to engage and connect with people in the communities by not only performing but also providing them with discussions, free workshops on how to turn their stories into theater and a barbeque every week before the Saturday performance.

“Crime Scene Chicago: Let Hope Rise” takes a closer look at the systematic conditions enabling violence with a more hopeful tone than the company’s previous play, according to Collaboraction.

After every performance the audience can engage in a facilitated conversation with the cast, the crew and representatives from the company’s Community Partner organizations about how to come up with solutions to stopping violence in the city.

Director Anthony Moseley said he wants the play to provide a deep experience for his audience that will awaken and spur change.

“I believe theatre can serve a critical role in addressing the issue of violence by offering Chicagoans a transcendent artistic experience that forces us to confront and question the core elements of the senseless violence,” he said.

WANT TO SEE THE PLAY?
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing lethoperise@collaboraction.org.

“Crime Scene: Let Hope Rise” will perform at the following parks:
LeClaire-Hearst Park, 5120 W. 44th St., July 12-13
Sherman Park , 1301 W. 52nd St., July 26-27
Hamilton Park , 513 W. 72nd St., Aug. 16-17
Austin Town Hall Park , 5610 W. Lake St., Aug. 23-24

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