"out there people judge me, in here I’m always right. out there people abandon me, in here I’m loved. out there I’m scared, in here I’m safe. life on my own terms is better even if it is in theory. what’s in your fort? "
An excerpt from LIVING [in theory], a musical that is making its World Premiere this weekend in Washington, DC.
So much to do, so little time! Although, I am compelled to spend as much time as possible this weekend indulging in the decadence of the early Spring weather and greenery of Washington, DC (perfect for picnicking on the mall to celebrate the Nation's Largest Earthday this Sunday), I've spotted several other events that will open our eyes to worlds away from our own:
1.) LIVING [in theory]---A performance by DC Young Adults in the "City at Peace" program
Join the region’s most diverse and talented teenage performers as they explore the answers, in a riveting world premiere musical that will challenge, enlighten, unsettle and entertain as only the rawest of real-life stories can do. LIVING [in theory] is a world premiere musical written and performed by the cast (based on their life stories), and directed by Sandra Holloway, Shae Washington, and W. Thompson Prewitt, with original scores and musical direction by e'Marcus Harper.
April 17 @ 7:30pm, April 18 @ 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and April 19 @ 2:00pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street, NE) Tickets are $25 for Adults, and $15 for Students. Click HERE to purchase!
City at Peace is a youth development organization located in Washington, DC that uses the performing arts to teach and promote cross-cultural understanding and non-violent conflict resolution. With an emphasis on youth-led programs and artistic excellence, the organization challenges participants to effect positive community change in pursuit of a city at peace.
City at Peace serves approximately 50 - 70 youth ages 13 to 19 each year in its core program. Participants are chosen through an audition process. The young people are diverse in terms of race, culture, ethnicity, socio-economics, religion, gender and experiences. If they are students, they might attend public, independent or home schools. They live in urban, suburban and rural environments in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. They come from two-parent families, single-parent families and no-parent families. They are impoverished and middle class. They embody one culture and multiple cultures. They have lived abroad and they have lived on the streets. They are powerful evidence that people who seem different can learn, work and build peace together.
2.) Women Film Directors in Korea---An event of the Korean Film Festival DC 2009
Sunday, April 19 @ 3:15 pm
Freer Gallery of Art (Independence Avenue at 12th Street, SW---Smithstonian METRO)
FREE Tickets distributed beginning one-hour before the event.
Panelists Include: Yim Soon-rye and Lee Kyoung-mi [filmakers]
Kelly Jeong and Seung-kyung Kim [scholars]
3.) Portraits from a Peruvian women's prison by Chan T. Chae
Now through May 23
G Street Fine Art (1515 14th Street, NW)
4.) 23rd Annual DC International Film Festival
ALL OVER TOWN...need I say more.