Description and review of the third installment of Re-Imagine, a new Social Justice Series at B Street Theatre at The Sofia.
B Street Theatre has initiated a new virtual social justice series dubbed Re-Imagine. According to B Street Theatre, Re-Imagine “…amplifies the voices of black artists and other people of color”. The B Street vision is “to share the voices of those who have been unheard for far too long”.
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The performances (via Zoom) will highlight “…Sacramento’s most talented artists of color alongside their peers from across the nation”. On tap through 2020 will be play readings, poetry, music and more.
- Day: Tuesday
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
The performances are free, but you will be given several opportunities to “tip” the performers.
Storytell(Her)s: Black Female Voices Amplified
I decided to check out the third installment in the series – Storytell(Her)s: Black Female Voices Amplified.
The event featured:
- Tabitha Cristopher
- Heather Gibson
- Tiffany Oglesby
- Danielle Mone Truitt
- Savannah Ward
After a few opening comments the program was opened by a Black gentleman reciting a poem he had composed dedicated to Breonna Taylor. Unfortunately, I did not catch his name.
The dedication – “I wrote this poem not to compare, but to declare. This is for my sisters…biological and otherwise. This has nothing to do with other women or other guys. This is not to create division or spread fear. Just something that I want black women to more frequently hear. So if you feel that division is what this poem intends to do, look in the mirror…because the problem is you”.
The poem was lengthy, but well done. The poet expressed his belief that no one is more disrespected than black women, and the poem sought to assure them of their worth and value.
Danielle Mone Truitt, a Sacramento native and member of the B Street Company for 15 years, introduced each of the featured performers. She also performed at the end of the show prior to the “talk-back”.
Included among the performances were poems, excerpts from plays, and monologues telling personal stories – ranging from uplifting to very disturbing.
I particularly enjoyed Tabitha Christopher. Christopher has a great speaking voice and I thought her an accomplished story-teller.
Prior to the end of the event I signed off so that I could walk my dog, so I unfortunately missed the talk-back portion of the evening.
Comments on B Streets’ Re-Imagine?
Have you caught any of the shows to date? Comments? Did you watch/listen to the Storytell(Her)s talk-back? Any observations?
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