'Hands Up' monologues come to Pacific University
The public is invited to Pacific University Oct. 22 and 23 for Hands Up, a set of monologues commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio and others.
A production of The August Wilson Red Door Project, the play features the perspectives of seven African-American playwrights that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling.
The performances will be held in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on Pacific Universitys Forest Grove campus at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained through eventbrite.com.
Hands Up is an offering of Pacific Universitys Center for Peace and Spirituality, with support from the Center for Civic Engagement.
Black lives do matter, said Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain. Too often, however, black lives are still seen as being expendable or of less worth in America. This tragic reality is worth reflecting and acting on, and Hands Up challenges audiences to hear difficult accounts of interactions African-Americans have with police.
Hands Up performances recently held in Portland sold out, and a Portland Police Bureau officer who attended was moved to begin an ongoing dialogue with one of the actors about systemic racism. My hope is that this play jump starts similar conversations between our students and the larger community, Currie said.