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National Town Hall Program: Race and the American Stage

Playwrights Aaron Carter, Rhiana Yazzie, and Idris Goodwin will read selections from their latest work, presented as part of the UCCS Theatre/Dance Race & Social Change National Town Hall program and GOCA's Black Power Tarot exhibition.

UCCS Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with THEATREWORKS and the Galleries of Contemporary Art, is proud to announce the second National Town Hall event, Race and the American Stage.

These new events represent the Theatre and Dance Program’s dedication to a Theatre of Ideas, creating forums for community discussion. We believe that theatre must be more than the “two hours’ traffic of our stage.” It is about communities coming together to make a difference. If theatre holds a mirror up to nature, as Hamlet notes, there is no more important issue to discuss than the representation of playwrights of color on the regional stages in America.

Often we host people who are luminaries in American theatre, even if not yet widely known in our community. This is precisely the point of Prologue and National Town Halls: to introduce local arts lovers to the new movers and shakers in the country. Aaron Carter, Rhiana Yazzie and Idris Goodwin certainly fit the title of luminary and we are honored to have them. Carter is a playwright and the literary manager for Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, one of the greatest theatres in the country. He joins the Native American playwright Rhiana Yazzie, head of the New Native Theatre in Minneapolis and one of the key leaders in Native American theatre. Local author and Colorado College professor Idris Goodwin, an important voice here and nationally, will help lead up what we hope will be an engaging discussion: not just a lecture, rather a conversation with the goal of making advancements in our community.

Aaron, Rhiana, and Idris will read selections from their latest work at GOCA's downtown gallery location, GOCA 121. The readings will take place in the midst of the current Black Power Tarot exhibition, a collaboration between musician King Khan, filmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Game of Thrones artist Michael Eaton to create a tarot deck using the likenesses of 22 prominent African Americans.


DOORS OPEN @ 6:30 pm 
FREE! Registration required; seating is very limited 

Beverages and snacks will be served.


All unclaimed seats will be released at 7 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served - we STRONGLY recommend arriving early to guarantee preferred seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? 
No age limits - but all guests must have a ticket. ID's will be required and checked at registration. Guests must be 21+ years old to sample alcohol.


Free parking is provided in the Plaza of the Rockies garage for this event. Please bring your parking stub to GOCA staff for parking validation.

More questions? Contact GOCA at 719.255-3504 or email gallery@uccs.edu


Free, registration required


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
This is a past event.

GOCA 121 (Downtown Gallery of Contemporary Art)
121 S. Tejon, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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This event requires registration.