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Michigan: How to Write the Political Play
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At the DG conference panel on “How to Write the Political Play,” Kira Obolensky spoke about the need to get writers out of the theatre and connected with communities of activism. In May 2018, I assembled a team of writers, directors and dramaturgs to do just that – to explore how theatre and storytelling could do political work at a local site. Artists worked with Anishinaabe communities in the Upper Peninsula (the part of Michigan above the mitten) to tell stories which would illuminate issues of social justice and sovereignty.

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Anita Gonzalez

is a playwright, librettist, director, educator, and a professor of performing arts and African American studies at Georgetown University. She writes women’s stories. She lectures and teaches about storytelling for social change.