Luna is thrilled to partner with the Andrew Goodman Foundation on The Voting Writes Project, a series of interdisciplinary performance events celebrating civic participation.

It all begins September 15 with a VIRTUAL DANCE PARTY across all 50 states, to mark 50 days before our 2020 election and remind us how interconnected we all are! Then there will be new plays, films, songs and more--streaming and live--right up until election day itself!

 

We're telling stories of single women losing the right to vote in NJ in 1807, of the Masked Election during the pandemic of 1918, of voter suppression in the past three months, and of the challenges and glories of vote-by-mail. We invite you to join us and explore questions of suffrage, voter suppression, apathy and activation, to hear the voices of teens across the country, of activists in the City of Orange whose votes weren't counted in the recent local elections (where one council member was elected by a single vote) and of people who are voting for the very first time in this coming election!

 

   

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By Turron Kofi Alleyne, Maggie Borgen and Ari Laura Kreith
In this short documentary, Boris Franklin shares his experience of registering to vote after incarceration, and what voting means to him.

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Release of "Fire in the Sky" followed by a discussion with Turron Kofi Alleyne, Maggie Borgen, Boris Franklin and Ari Laura Kreith about Luna's 
documentary film "The Power To Vote."

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by Bernardo Cubria
Non-voters find themselves assigned to a dystopian Zoom room to await election night results in this world premiere short play.

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Adolescents from across the country speak out about what voting means to them and why they want adults to show up at the polls in November

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Introducing Songs of Suffrage, a 9-song cycle modeled after Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl Ballads, exploring voting rights and repression in the United States and the world, 

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Premiere of the new song "Family Garage" followed by a discussion about childhood experiences and attitudes toward voting, and how they shape us as adults.

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Thanks for Dancing!

Luna Stage has committed to raising $10,000 in matching funds for this project. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, we welcome your support.

"Voting Writes explores voter suppression and suffrage through history, examines experiences of apathy and activation in this present moment, and celebrates the power of the individual voter to impact our electoral process and indeed democracy itself. It is our fervent hope that this interactive, virtual and site-specific experience will inspire civic engagement, and ensure that every voice is heard and counted." 

-Ari Laura Kreith, Artistic Director, Luna Stage

These stories are revelatory and emboldening, allowing young people to experience the power of theatre, and to share and learn about our complex and fraught relationship to voting, especially for youth of color. This is so important as America is now gripped by young people uprising in response to the repeated horrors birthed by systemic racism and its threats to our democracy and their ferry lives. How they link their activism to voting is essential to the preservation and course correction of our democracy."

-Maxim Thorne, Managing Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation

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