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Summer Play Festival 2017: Fight For Your Rights!

 

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Fight for your Rights is a compilation of experiences, from local New England playwrights and performers, of being disenfranchised and misjudged, fighting for their rights, as well as what people have done to help others in those positions. The features plays cover everything from racism, misogyny, homophobia, religious intolerance, and discrimination or hardship due to illness. This collection of new works ranges from uplifting to heart-wrenching and features talent from across the Boston Area.

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The Plays

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Gotta Start Somewhere by Jan Soolman

Directed by Joey Pelletier

Featuring: Meg Anchukaitis, Eva Bilick, Miranda Reilly and Marie Thompson

Different personalities deal with challenges and the overwhelming threats around them. Gotta Start Somewhere is about realizing that maybe one person can make a difference, at least in their own life. In this play, which takes place on a pharmacy shelf, a timid pack of birth control pills learns from her bold shelf mate and from an older, wiser, pack of viagra that she can stand up for herself, fight for her rights, and the rights of others.

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Becoming a Man by Charles Knight

Directed by Joey Pelletier

Featuring: Chester Domoracki, Eva Bilick, Miranda Reilly, Meg Anchukaitis and Marie Thompson

Becoming a Man tells the story of a struggle for personal dignity and survival during traumatic assault and concludes with important insight into how the decision is made through life experience to fight for rights for all.

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A Bedtime Story by Greg Hovanesian

Directed by Preston Graveline*

Featuring: Bailey Libby, Robin Ann Rapoport, Colin McIntire and Holly Escott

A woman is fighting for the rights of another human being: a child who is trying to find safety. And though children may not understand the concept of fighting for their rights, successfully escaping a land of oppression is, in my view, a form of fighting.

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An Alternative to Alternative Facts by Susan Goodell

Directed by Melinda Marr

Featuring: Ellie Brelis, Sarah Taylor and Claire Davies

It's inauguration day and two sisters struggle with the third to return her to reality. Relationship to theme: family members fight for the truth in an unreal political climate. 

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La Fin du Silence by Michael Walker

Directed by Joey Pelletier

Featuring: Eva Bilick

At fifteen, Simone fought her attacker but then told no one what happened. Now, she is taking thevery difficult step of breaking her silence and in doing so, she is fighting again. 

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Eden in Chains by Patrick Gabridge

Directed by Preston Graveline

Featuring: Marie Thompson and Sonya Joyner

A white police officer arrives to enforce a new town ordinance against front yard vegetable gardens.Terry is a black gardener and homeowner who insists she has a right to grow food for herself on her own property and finds herself in handcuffs. Inspired by cases of real anti-vegetable garden ordinances in communities in the U.S. and Canada.

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Fuck Cancer by Elizabeth Dupre

Directed by Elizabeth Dupre

Featuring: Laurie Singletary and Bailey Libby

The realities of advanced cancer.

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That Time We Were Followed by Laurie Singletary

Directed by Elizabeth Dupre

Featuring: Laurie Singletary

A personal story about how racism can appear in the most unexpected places.

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Location: Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Dates: June 9-25, 2017

Curtain Times: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

Tickets: $20.00 General Admission, $15.00 Student/Senior

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Tickets available online by Clicking Here!

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