Love, Queens who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
Raw Fruit Theater Troupe presents
Love, Queens who Suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Snowden Auditorium, UMass Boston
Monday, August 22nd until Sunday, August 28th
Doors Open 7:30pm
"Love, Queens..." depicts 7 women ranging in age, sexuality and female identity. Each of the women wears a different color, representing different aspects of the marginalized woman. In the tradition of Ntozake Shange's iconic play, "For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf", "Love, Queens" uses the beauty of spoken word, song and dance to encourage reflection and healing from the traumas of urban life. The play consists of poetry written by several Philadelphia-based female poets and was compiled and written by Jamila Capitman and Heather Thomas.
Sponsored by the UMass BostonTrotter Institute, and supported by The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, this critical piece of performance art is a movement, with the goal of destigmatizing mental health issues in urban communities. The production sheds light on unresolved issues in our society, such as gun violence and mental health, which often go ignored. This piece offers healing, while creating a platform for conversation.
"Love Queens comes from a combination of the greatest things in my life and the worst things in my life", says Capitman, a Roxbury native who graduated from The Boston Arts Academy in 2004."And this is art, love, and all the positive experiences in my community crashed up against the most painful and worst time in my lifeseeing people get shot having a boyfriend, a victim of gun violence who survived and healed his physical wounds but now suffers from PTSD".
"Our production style is very different from a lot of plays that are staged", says Thomas. "Rather than touring with the same group of women, we chose to recruit a new cast in each city that is saturated with gun violence. This way the experience and expression of the cast is unique to the environment where the actors are from".
"Love, Queens..." first made it's debut at the New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia in 2008. Since, the play has had consistent sold out performances, and is now on a nationwide tour! The Boston production of "Love, Queens" is the first stop in this unconventional seven city U.S. tour with stops in Baltimore, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Oakland, New Orleans, Atlanta and New York, all urban hubs of the black community. DON'T MISS THE BOSTON DEBUT!
Come celebrate life and the continued struggle for peace in urban communities:
Monday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 28th.
Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8pm.
Snowden Auditorium- Umass Boston
100 Morrisey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02125
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|