ABOUT THE SHOW
Audiences across the United States are invited to organize, gather, and participate in a national performance and demonstration of Good Trouble on November 1, 2020. The event borrows its title from the incredible words of John Lewis and invites people to embody “Beloved Community” — a concept developed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that symbolizes boundless love and unity.
In this moment when the country is divided and the earth is in crisis, we need creative solutions and courageous acts of solidarity. Good Trouble invites audiences to come together and listen to the next generation of community leaders compassionately examine vital issues — Black Lives Matter, climate change, and equity and dignity for all.
Using a combination of interviews with organizers and activists, and material drawn from existing media sources, this world premiere explores the youth activism that is spurring significant social and political change in our country. Fusing verbatim dialogue with original music, poetry, and audience interaction, participants will ‘perform a protest’ while listening to the audioplay.
Participation is free. However, audiences are asked to provide their own headphones and a smartphone (or equivalent device) with an internet connection. A link will be provided via email so that audience members may access the recorded performance.
For anyone who is unable to participate in a physical event, the November 1 presentation will be simultaneously livestreamed so that individuals may participate from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Follow us on social media for additional information and links to the livestream.
For more information about what to expect, please review the FAQs included on this page.
This show includes some mature language and is recommended for ages 12 & up.
The performance is entirely free and will be accessible anywhere in the United States at 12pm PT / 2pm CT / 3pm ET on Sunday, November 1.
To ensure that you have access to the audio stream and the live video stream, please register online in advance.
Instructions and links to access the event will be sent directly to your email approximately 24 hours in advance of the event.
For those in San Diego, California, please consider joining us in person in Balboa Park.
To register for the national livestream
To register for the event in Balboa Park
MEET THE ARTISTS
Created & Produced by Catherine Hanna Schrock & Blake McCarty
with original music & lyrics by Richard Allen & Taran Gray
featuring David André, Tas Al-Michael, David Coffey,
Rachel Herrera, Nathan Nonhof, Angelynne Pawaan, Isaiah Rosales,
Kiara Wade & Gwynne Wood
Developed in collaboration with an artivist team that includes Bianca Jennings,
Bernardo Mazón Daher, Wilfred Paloma, Mekala Sridhar & Sofia Zaragoza
with additional research and interviews by Stelle Andrade, Rebeca Elliot, Nadia Nunez,
Lilia Porter, Lizbeth Rocha & Shawdi Sani
Associate Directors: Bianca Jennings, Wilfred Paloma, Mekala Sridhar & Sofia Zaragoza
Sound Design & Engineering: Evan Eason
Community Liaison: Bernardo Mazón Daher
Livestream Designer: Patrick Gates
This production would not be possible without the participation of over forty local activists and community organizers who generously offered their time and graciously shared their stories.
The project was made possible with support from A Reason to Survive (ARTS) and funding from the California Arts Council.
We are currently seeking partners and volunteers to host events in their own cities and communities. If you wish to learn more, please email us at email@example.com.
Local events are being held in the following cities:
Chicago, IL with The Midwives
Olympia, WA with Olympia Family Theatre
Atlanta, GA with Theatrical Outfit
In addition, other partners are hosting virtual events for their communities.
FREquently asked questions
Is this a play or is this a protest?
Both! The performance is what the audience makes of it. Good Trouble is an interactive audioplay that guides audiences to embody actions and words that are symbolic of protest and evoke unity.
In what ways is the event interactive?
Throughout the performance, audiences are invited to embody concepts that emerge from the play through gestures and speech. While audiences are encouraged to follow the prompts, they are also free to participate as they are comfortable.
What should I bring?
If you are hosting or attending a physical event, all audience members should bring a mask, a charged phone or streaming device, and headphones. We also encourage people to bring hand sanitizer, a blanket and/or lawn chairs, bug spray, a hat and sunblock as needed.
What should I wear?
Audiences should wear comfortable clothes appropriate for outdoor weather if attending an in-person event. As the show invites audiences into a spirit of unity and freedom, we also encourage you to come dressed in clothes that make you feel courageous. Audience members who choose to participate from home are not expected to appear on camera at any time.
What is verbatim theatre?
Sometimes called ethnodrama, docudrama, or interview theatre, the term refers to any work that reconstructs and presents the precise words spoken by people interviewed about a specific topic or event. Shows like The Laramie Project and artists such as Anna Deavere Smith have popularized the technique. In Good Trouble, the actors portray characters inspired by real people discussing their personal experiences as activists and community organizers. Each character is based on 2-3 real people who shared similar perspectives and whose identities were related to one another. The performers use their exact words while also recreating the tone, rhythm and inflection with which they spoke. One unique aspect to this auditory performance is that it includes original music that also incorporates verbatim lyrics.
If this is about youth activism, is this event appropriate for my kids?
We believe teenagers will enjoy the show, but it is not recommended for those under the age of 12 due to some mature themes and language.
How long is the event?
The performance is approximately 1 hour.
Good Trouble is presented by Blindspot Collective, a theatre company in San Diego.
Blindspot Collective produces radically inclusive programming at the intersection of advocacy, education, and entertainment that cultivates and celebrates new work, emerging artists, diverse audiences, and fresh ideas.
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