On Monday January 16th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – QuEST will be performing its “Our Liberation: Using Interactive Theatre to Untangle Oppression” workshop at the 28th Annual MLK Day Celebration at Edwards Church in Northampton. The event starts at 11 am, and the workshop will be held from 11:30 to 12:30. QuEST, which stands for QUeer Empowerment thru Solidarity and Truth, is an interracial multi-generational collaboration within Out Now that strives to educate each other and the broader community about the intersectionality of oppression and the various systems, like the prison industrial complex (PIC) that feed and maintain our collective chains. In this workshop, we talk about racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and sexism, among other issues. But we don’t stop there – together with the audience, we create solutions to everyday instances of oppression. This is not the type of theatre to which you’re probably accustomed. In this workshop, the audience becomes actors too (we call everyone ‘spect-actors’). The workshop becomes a sort of dress rehearsal for real life – where participants discover and then perform ways to interrupt and intervene in oppressive situations. Sound interesting? Come to our workshop on Monday January 16th at Edwards Church in downtown Northampton. Event starts at 11 am; our workshop begins at 11:30 am.
QuEST to perform at MLK Day celebration