ONLINE ZOOM PERFORMANCES DUE TO COVID-19
Saturday, Oct 3 at 8:00pm online Zoom performance
Saturday, Oct 10 at 8:00pm online Zoom performance
Sunday, Oct 4 at 2:00pm online Zoom performance
Sunday, Oct 11 at 2:00pm online Zoom performance
For the fifth round of Expand Upon, the community selected the theme Gun Control, and Mirror Stage commissioned Memory Bus by Amontaine Aurore and In My Good Christian Neighborhood by Sien Méndez. Directed by Suzanne M. Cohen, Expand Upon: GUN CONTROL features Angie Bolton, Eloisa Cardona, Jonathan Keyes, Mario Martinez, Jordi Montes, Rachel Permann, Kevin Shannon, and Andy Tran, with a moderated discussion following every performance.
The United States has 120.5 guns per 100 people, or about 393,347,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number in the world. Nearly one in four Americans (22%) own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women). America’s pervasive gun culture stems in part from its colonial and revolutionary roots, as well as a history of frontier expansion. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Proponents of stricter gun control laws believe the Second Amendment was intended for militias; that gun violence would be reduced; and that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support new gun restrictions. Opponents counter that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns; that guns are needed for self-defense against a range of threats from local criminals to foreign invaders; and that gun ownership deters crime.
Mirror Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of 4Culture, ArtsWA, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the EPS Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Posner-Wallace Foundation.
Listen to find out “What’s on TAP” as the TeenTix Arts Podcast goes behind the scenes with the playwrights of Expand Upon: Gun Control. In this episode, you’ll hear from Amontaine Aurore who wrote Memory Bus, and Sien Méndez, the author of In My Good Christian Neighborhood.