Humanity Play Project is committed to creating performance with purpose. Our mission is to inspire critical thinking, teach empathy and promote social justice through the Arts.
For our inaugural event on Monday, January 18, 2016, we explored the aftermath of the Charleston, SC tragedy in a curated evening of dance, poetry, song, and theatre. This performance was co-sponsored by West Los Angeles United Methodist Church.
In association with Mirage Thrams, our second performance series “It’s Not Funny” was staged at The Second City Hollywood on July 28, 2016, and September 1, 2016. Personal memory, poetry, music and newspaper records challenged police brutality and honored the memory of Mirage’s father who was killed by police.
The third project is an interactive Theatre for Young Audiences play entitled #Right2Recess that follows a group of third-graders who find out their new principal is threatening to take away recess time. With the help of fellow students, a teacher ally and audience members, they organize a protest march to make their voices heard. Performances of #R2R include the 2018 AATE Conference in Minneapolis, an award-winning festival run at NoHo Fringe 2017, recurring productions at The Second City Hollywood, a special community performance with The Unusual Suspects, and a full production at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona in 2021.
Currently, the ensemble is working on a new Theatre for Young Audiences play with a focus on inclusion and acceptance, set in a summer camp at the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.
As a genre, Theatre as Civic Dialogue is essential as our nation faces social, economic and political changes. It is essential that our young people – and their grown-ups – practice conversation, reflect on current issues, and participate in hands-on learning as artists, activists, and citizens. Together, let’s #dosomething and make a positive change in the world.