Performance artist and poet Sekou Sundiata’s latest oratorio, “The America Project,” will be performed June 18-19 at 8 p.m. in the Curtain Theater of the Fine Arts Center as part of New WORLD Theater’s summer season, New Works for a New World.
Using song, poetry, monologues and still and moving images, “The America Project” examines the relationship of citizens of the U.S. at a time when American power and global influence is at an all-time high.
“Living in the aftermath of 9/11,” says Sundiata, “I feel an urgent and renewed engagement with what it means to be an American. But that engagement is a troubling one because of a longstanding estrangement between American civil ideals and American civic practice.”
The performance will focus on the gulf between the constitutional promise of equal opportunity and the realities of racial, cultural and gender inequities. The play also seeks to engage audience members beyond passive watching by inviting them into civic responsibility.
Sundiata is currently a Sundance Film Institute fellow and a faculty member at Eugene Lang College of the New School University in New York.
Tickets are $12 general public and $8 for low-income patrons and senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. Call the FAC Box Office (5-2511) to order.