Building Home team to perform ‘behind a stranger’s face’ at 4 NRV locations
An original play titled “behind a stranger’s face” and based on stories of community members from around the New River Valley will be performed in November and December by the Building Home team, a group of community artists and student actors from Virginia Tech.
In the play, four African-American residents share memories of their lives in Southwest Virginia. Personal stories overlap, echo and ricochet off one another, inviting a public dialogue about history, race, culture, memory, music, family and faith.
The play blends performed stories, flatfooting, stepping, old time music and spoken word with opportunities for audience discussion. Come talk with us and each other in this community exploration of intercultural and interracial dialogue in our region.
The group will be touring the production in Radford, Pulaski, Floyd and Blacksburg to perform for the very communities from which these stories derived.
Performances will be held Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Radford Rec Center on 200 George St.; Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pulaski Train Station at 20 S. Washington; Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Floyd Country Store at 206 S. Locust St.; and Dec. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre 101 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Admission is free.
Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Department of Theatre & Cinema at Virginia Tech, and the New River Valley Planning District Commission.
– Submitted by Jon Catherwood-Ginn, director
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