The Proclamation Project is an original theater piece created by eleven local high school students, inspired by the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. Under the guidance of playwright Brendan Shea and director Shira Milikowsky, the ensemble has explored themes of freedom, social justice and civil rights, in both historical and modern contexts. Through writing exercises, physical theater improvisations, music, dance and storytelling, the ensemble has transformed research and dialogue into a unique performance piece.
The project’s inclusion in the National Civil War Project has provided the A.R.T. ensemble an opportunity to collaborate across cities, with a group of teens at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, engaged in a similar process. The two ensembles have shared Northern and Southern perspectives on the Civil War, while each ensemble has devised its own performance.
Two performances only:
The Strand Theater in Dorchester, MA on Friday, July 12th at 7:30 PM.
OBERON in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, July 13th at 2:00 PM.
The Proclamation Project ensemble includes students from Cambridge
Rindge & Latin School, Boston Arts Academy, Reading Memorial High School, Plymouth North High School, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Waltham
High School, Boston College High School, and Boston Latin School.