2020 has barely started and we’ve been kicking it into high gear in Anastasis-world. We’ve completed a draft of our play, Stories: on the Brink, our piece based on the stories of people in Omaha who have experienced homelessness, and have begun taking it around to shelters in town for feedback. On January 11th, we had an amazing turnout of over 60 people at Open Door Mission. The guys who came and watched our reading of the play were attentive, interested and gave incredibly helpful feedback, both in the talkback after the reading and on the feedback forms. It is difficult to fully express our gratitude to the people who have shared their stories with us and now share their insights on the play. If we do any good with this work, it’s because it’s a team effort, and that team includes the incredible communities with which we create art.
“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.”― Augusto Boal
In other equally exciting news, we got to go back to Nebraska State Penitentiary and work with the guys again after a hiatus. We got some of their pieces into play format and then they acted the scenes out, which was thrilling. They are such a smart, talented, kind bunch, and it’s always a joy to create theatre with them. We’re also grateful to the staff who work with us to bring in scripts and give us the time to work.
As you can see, 2020 is going to be even more exciting than 2019, so stay tuned.