We recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our collaboration with The Andrew Goodman Foundation on The VOTING WRITES Project.
Between now and November, Luna will commission and produce a series of new plays, songs, and virtual experiences to explore questions of suffrage, voter suppression, apathy and activation.
We're working with a mix of professional playwrights and composer/lyricists and teens across the country, with 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). 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.
The work ranges from live performance to virtual fireside chats to Zoom plays to site specific and durational performance experiences.
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This multi-writer, interdisciplinary performance will be staged in the communities surrounding Luna and via virtual platforms in anticipation of the Fall 2020 election.
"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
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.
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