It’s 1968 and Reed, a member of Seattle’s Black Panther Party, must juggle the demands of a new marriage and a baby on the way, yet still find time to fight for liberation and dream of creating a better world. When her best friend Marti moves in, there is yet one more thing on her plate. Reed is unaware of the forces that will eventually destroy the Party, as well as the ones that threaten her happy home. It will take 31 years before she discovers the betrayal that was at the root of a dream deferred.
I am ecstatic to announce that Franklin High School’s Art of Resistance and Resilience Club will be contributing their artistic skills to the set design for Don’t Call it A Riot!’s remount at 12th Avenue Arts this spring. Last year
As Seattle and the country grapple with police killings of black and brown citizens and an expanding police militarization, many of us wonder what can be done to halt this devastating trajectory. As the body counts of mothers, fathers, sisters,
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Praise for Don't Call it a Riot!
The actors in the play are fully immersed in their roles. It’s evident they’ve developed a trust and ease with one another to effortlessly portray their characters. It’s not only a testament to their commitment to their craft but also to Aurore’s storytelling. Because the characters are relatable, it’s easy to become invested in the lives of Sam, Reed, Marti, Falala and Paris. The play offers an opportunity to reflect on the past and envision a better future.
"As playwright, Aurore deftly wove activism and values playing both in the streets and in living rooms (the political meeting the personal, as the saying goes). As director, her choices kept both the personal and political moving along quickly, snappy in dialog, and playing very close and urgently to the audience."
FINALIST: Don't Call it a Riot! 2017 Bay Area Playwrights' Festival
"[The] stresses and personal costs of sustaining long-term social activism is honestly revealed as Don’t Call it a Riot! transports us across two generations of resistance and struggle for change."