This is what community-engaged performance can look like: Marin Theatre Company performs In the Red and Brown Water in the projects. Watch it — it’s under 3 minutes.
Things to note/ideas I liked:
- The community feels a connection to Marin Theatre Company because it gives something back, it interacts. Concrete example: the theatre company offers scholarships to youth in a community where “getting out” is a big priority.
- This performance takes place in the Marin County projects. McCraney, the author of In the Red and Brown Water, also grew up in the projects. A level of trust and connection for the audience is pre-existing there.
- It’s a community event, not just a performance. There’s a barbecue and the actors mingle and eat with the audience after the show.
- Comments from the audience: it’s genuine, seems like real life, I really liked the singing, I never saw a play like this before, normally I would see this on television but here I get to see it in person…These are the things they enjoyed and found engaging about the play.
- Focus on young people, focus on the community’s specific interests and needs, focus on going into the community.