Lines:  The Lived Experience of Race

Lines:  The Lived Experience of Race is an original verbatim social justice play about Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Used as an advocacy piece to promote racial healing in the city, it played to sold out audiences at Actors' Theatre Grands Rapids in 2010 and is now being reprised for 2016, with new research after the tumultuous events related to race in America this past year.  10 actors play dozens of characters exploring education, housing, white supremacy, privilege, criminal justice, religion and general inequality.

 

Scenic Design by David Leugs

Lighting Design by Catie Dreher

Costume Design by Heather Brown

Lines:  White Privilege
Lines: White Privilege

Here the cast explores white supremacy and white privilege in a racial healing exercise

Juxtaposition of story
Juxtaposition of story

The stories of many individuals from Grand Rapids are woven together.

Maps
Maps

We used redlining maps as part of the projections on the space, to reveal the sources of inequality going back to the 1930s mapping of the city.

Edye Evans Hyde
Edye Evans Hyde

Tells her story about growing up in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids

Michael Travis
Michael Travis

Tells his story of what we need to do to make real change in race relations.

Julianne Howe-Bowens
Julianne Howe-Bowens

Telling a moving story of discrimination in criminal justice, calling for changes in police policy.