"RE-WRITING THE DECLARATION"
Catalyzed by the current organizing energy of our country, while reading the Declaration of Independence I realized that America’s founding documents were never intended to include many of the people who call this country home today. The justice system doesn’t protect black and brown people for many reasons, one of which is because it wasn’t designed to. Because of these and other shortfalls, I wanted to rewrite the Declaration as an artistic, performative, and participatory rendering of a new and more inclusive Declaration. Re-Writing the Declaration is a participatory, theatrical experience that invites audience members to engage with the performance in some way that asks them to respond to injustices that are perpetuated, and even defended, by our country’s founding documents. The development of the play is also participatory, and includes and centers community voices and input.
Re-Writing the Declaration is a devised, participatory play inviting audiences to center Black women, and femmes, non-binary, and trans folx of color, in order to free us all.
Re-Writing the Declaration Fall 200
What happens when a class of young Black women and non-binary folx of color take a trip to 1776?
From October 30 - November 9, Re-Writing the Declaration ran as a live Zoom theatre piece, made possible by the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt, Free Street Theater, and the Speranza Foundation..
Learn more about the production here.