In Church and in Theater, It’s O.K. to Just “Let Things Be Messy”

Why did you start the Uprising Theatre Company?

I grew up doing what I affectionately call a lot of church-basement drama—a lot of really terrible theater that was focused on justice issues or on trying to win people over. And when I got back into theater, after a long time away, I did a production of The Laramie Project, which is about the murder of Matthew Shepard. Because I was struck by people’s responses to that piece, I started to wonder if there was a way to do really high-quality theater about social justice issues that immediately connected people to organizations working on those issues. We started Uprising in 2015 with that kind of broad social justice mission. Over the last several years, we have figured out that the place that we want to stand is doing work by transgender and nonbinary playwrights about justice issues, so sometimes trans-related, sometimes not. And then doing that partnership with local organizations. So that’s what we are doing now

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