AMHERST, Mass. – The Women of Color Leadership Network at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is presenting Body Politics, an original theater production by and about women of color on April 26-27. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.
The youth group, Project 2050 of New WORLD Theater, will open both shows. Presented by the Women of Color Leadership Network, a program of the Center for Student Development, Body Politics explores issues that range from hair texture, skin color, and self-esteem, to sexuality, cultural identity and violence. Women of color in the production share their stories and their perspectives through storytelling, dance, creative writing and performance. Body Politics brings together a diverse group of women of color who work together to share their stories and their perspectives through storytelling, dance, creative writing and performance.
The performance is a result of writing workshops with author and social justice activist Iris Jacob, a graduate student in the social justice education program in the UMass School of Education, and playwright, poet and performer Keli Stewart, a doctoral candidate in Afro-American studies at UMass. Stewart also serves as the artistic director of the piece and has worked to shape and mold the creative work of the group. The event is free and open to the public and the space is wheelchair accessible.
For information about the Women of Color Leadership Network and how to get involved with Body Politics next fall, call 413/545-1671. Body Politics is made possible with support from the UMass Arts Council, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, the Student Affairs Cultural Enrichment Fund and Commonwealth College.