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The goal of Expanding the Canon: a play reading circle is to expand our familiarity with the works of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and global majority playwrights. We simply must do the work to change "the canon." Becoming familiar with these works is one small thing that we can do to move toward the equity we want to see in the world. A guest dramaturg will curate the list of plays the circle will read and come together to discuss.

In this first year, Jasmine Bracey will lead the circle in a study of five works by contemporary Black playwrights beginning on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, 2021. Jasmine is a Chicago-based member of Actor's Equity and is currently an adjunct faculty member at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her Chicago acting credits include working with The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Blues Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists. Regionally, she has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Resident Ensemble Players, The Acting Company, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. She has received theatre degrees from Florida State University, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and the University of Delaware.

Participation is free and the circle will meet over Zoom. Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase copies of the plays on the list to support these playwrights. tKAPOW will purchase and make available a limited number of each play so that expense need not be a barrier to participation.

Jasmine Bracey will provide a dramaturgical packet for each of the five plays as a resource for reading, study, and conversation.

Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2 pm: Until The Flood by Dael Orlandersmith
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2 pm: PYG or The Misedumacation of Dorian Belle by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2 pm: Barbeque by Robert O'Hara
Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 2 pm: Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson
Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 2 pm: The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe

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