With the upcoming Presidential election, the Baltimore-based company Quarry Theatre continues its community discourse around the importance of voting with The Discourse Project, which is conceived and directed by Stevenson University’s Theatre and Media Performance Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Ryan Clark.
In examining the words of prominent civil rights advocates such as Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Harvey Milk, The Discourse Project takes the themes of freedom, equality, and democracy and reminds us how, with our vote, it is “We the People” who hold the power to realize the greatest promises for our country. The historical texts are being performed by actors from across the country including four Stevenson alumni, with the project running from July 4 to November 3, Election Day.
Ryan Clark says, “In many ways, I feel this is one of the most important projects I have ever directed. The foundation of our democracy is beginning to crack and crumble and the only way to ensure the continuity of the nation is to vote. Listening to these whispers from the past, helps us make informed decisions about the future. It’s important to know that America wasn’t always this way and when it was this way (i.e. during the Civil War) we had great leaders with inspired imaginations to help us form a more perfect union.”
Below is an audio clip from WYPR 88.1FM about The Discourse Project.
(Ryan Clark, via quarrytheatre.com)