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Forum Theatre: Express 

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www.thejusticetheaterproject.org

Augusto Boal was a visionary artist who developed ways to merge political activism with live theater in his native Brazil in the sixties. In Forum Theatre, members of a community affected by a particular social issue—actors, nonactors, advocates, concerned citizens—come together to devise a script that articulates and dramatizes their concerns. At show time, the company performs its text. Then they repeat the performance, but this time the audience is allowed to intervene, stopping the show at any point to deliberate and suggest changes. After that, the cast performs the show yet again, incorporating the changes introduced by the audience. Express, to be created during a two-day Forum Theatre workshop (see the Justice Theater Project website for details), will address JTP's yearlong theme of economic justice. Saturday night, the public gets to weigh in on, change, and complete the work in real time. —Byron Woods 

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