School of Theatre teams with #HereToo to produce gun violence awareness play

Penn State News – Arts and Entertainment #HereToo co-creator and Tectonic Theater project member, Barbara Pitts McAdams will host two events during the week of Jan. 14 to promote the #HereToo project. The week will culminate with a performance that will highlight the beginnings of a collaboration between #HereToo and the School of Theatre.#HereToo is a two-pronged project anchored by a web portal that aggregates stories, images and media clips that will inform a “Laramie-Project-like” interview-based play with the goal of chronicling the first-person experiences of gun violence survivors and the work of young activists across the United States.
On Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Arts and Design Research Incubator, located in 16 Borland Building, Pitts McAdams will host a discussion exploring new forms for the interview-based play through her work on #HereToo, and on Jan. 18 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion Theatre, School of Theatre students will share the early stages of a play devised during the week by Pitts McAdams, theater faculty and students.
Jeanmarie Higgins, associate professor in Penn State’s School of Theatre, organized the week’s events after speaking with Pitts McAdams on the heels of the release of a book she co-authored along with Moises Kaufman titled “Moment Work,” which details the collaborative method behind developing Tectonic Theater’s hits such as “The Laramie Project” and “Gross Indecency.”
“When I started speaking with Barbara about what we are doing at Penn State, we quickly realized that collaborating could lead to some great work,” Higgins said. “It seemed like a natural fit from the start and we are extremely excited to have Barbara here next week.”
A shared theater devising philosophy between Higgins and McAdams is the inclusion of the audience in the creative process. The piece presented on Jan. 18 will not be a finished product and will serve as the foundation of a potential full-length production, where audience feedback …


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