FROM NEWCITY STAGE:
The last year has been an eye-opening one for many of us. Events transpired on the local and national level that were often dispiriting and frequently horrifying. Yet throughout the year, the arts community responded in a manner that was as edifying as it was unprecedented: An outpouring of support for diversity, celebrations of inclusion and the formation of an organized resistance to bigotry and intolerance. While many of these acts occurred on stage, many more happened out of the spotlight, in standing-room-only townhalls, cramped meeting rooms and unglamorous offices. In these spaces, plans were made, coalitions were formed and actions were taken by the artists and activists who help make our city a sanctuary of justice to those maligned by mongers of hate. And so it is with great pleasure and even greater honor that we introduce these doers of deeds and makers of change: The 2017 Players. (Kevin Greene)
Photo by Joe Mazza / Brave Lux
Kristiana Rae Colón
Poet, playwright, activist
Kristiana Rae Colón is ambitious and the work she’s done this past year shows it. In the theater, “Octagon,” the slam poetry-play hybrid, and “good friday,” one of Oracle Productions’ final public access shows, were both enormous successes. In the field of activism, she helped coordinate Freedom Square, a community center organized by the LetUsBreathe Collective. With her work twining politics of transformative justice and grassroots activism as well as her inimitable theatrical voice, Colón is well on her way to altering the landscape of what we imagine society can be.
Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc.
Representing writers since 1928.