Theater Group Shocks Audiences with Discrimination Awareness PerformanceA touring theater group is raising awareness on racism, sexism and homosexuality. They stopped by the Lake Region to touch on some hot topics during an election year.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
A touring theater group is raising awareness on racism, sexism and homosexuality. They stopped by the Lake Region to touch on some hot topics during an election year.
The actors say their performances often raise emotions in the crowd and that helps the crowd get involved in an important discussion. A quick warning, some may find the language in the following story offensive.
The performances are meant to be shocking, highlighting the ugliness of discrimination.
Toussaint Morrisont: “Even somebody with thick skin is gonna be offended...It's essentially interactive theater where the fourth wall gets broken and after the scene ends we have a talk back with the audience.”
This led to discussions and disagreements between the characters and the audience. Performers say prejudice and discrimination are always polarizing, but some say even moreso now than in years past.
Morrisont: “You have the election coming up. All these subjects are hot topics for people to, that people still discuss, that people get viscerally offended over, or personal over. There's a lot at stake.”
The actors travel around the country every fall talking to college students about hate and discrimination. These are touchy subjects to discuss.