Why We’re Here

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Tonight we begin rehearsals for LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder at the Strand Theatre — a project years in the making, developed through Company One’s PlayLab program, and nurtured by artists around the country.

Company One Theatre is producing LEFTOVERS to AMPLIFY:

Ways to address the historical and systemic inequities that have led to today’s cycle of poverty.

Forgiveness, and the dangers of perpetuating the “absent black father” myth.

That the power to dream, wish, and be the hero of your own journey is not reserved for white people.

The vital role local organizations have in combating gentrification and revitalizing communities from within.

“Yes we can!” for black and brown boys in a world that says “no you can’t.”

 

Growing up in the inner city as a young Black man I felt like my dreams and my environment were at war … Writing this play helped me understand why people in my neighborhood gave up, and it helped me heal the wounds I accumulated in my pursuit of my own dreams. 
– Josh Wilder

 

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