In this time of global crisis and uncertainty, the What Will the Neighbors Say? team, like everyone else, is trying to make sense of our current reality. In particular, the WWTNS? team is questioning how we can continue to take care of our beloved community of artists, patrons and colleagues, and ensure we continue to provide meaningful and accessible cultural programming remotely. With that in mind, the team is thrilled to announce the “Neighborhood Watch” Digital Arts Series, running every Wednesday in April through Zoom, with an aim of uniting our global community through free arts programming. The events welcome everyone and have different themes, including a Poetry Night, a Music Jam, and a Happy Hour, among others.
This monthly programming event is the keystone of our community outreach programs. Taking inspiration from The Moth and LiveBait, "storytime" is a night of storytelling and live music from the community that is meant to bring us together through the shared experience of the ancient verbal tradition of stories. Featuring live music by different musical groups, each night has a theme, such as “If only I’d known” or “Expectation” or “Running on Fumes”, and any audience member who is willing to tell a story related to that theme is given six minutes on stage to share. It needs not be literal or esoteric, funny or sad, it simply needs to be a true story that has meaning to its teller. The event inaugurated at the Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn, and more recently has moved The Factory Bar & Restaurant in Bushwick.
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This event is a semi-annual evening of open discussion and questioning of relevant topics in the theatre and the community at large, co-produced by Kori Rushton, artistic director of IRT Theatre. By inviting guest speakers, colleagues, and our audiences to a structured discussion about complex topics, we hope to give voice to the problems that face the field and debate the avenues available to fix them. The inaugural symposium, held in 2017 and titled People as People: A Symposium on Diversity, saw panelists and audience members discuss the stark imbalances that remain apparent on stage as they relate to gender identity, racial diversity and sexuality. The most recent, 2019’s Agency in Storytelling: A Symposium on Privilege, Visibility and Influence, saw panellists debating the question of who can, and should, tell which stories - as we mentioned above, this is a question that concerns our company - on stage and screen, in literature and through visual art. The discussion examined the intersection of privilege, visibility and influence, and how that directly affects the access and space given to certain stories and their stakeholders.