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The IAMA Theatre Company has partnered with Ammunition Theatre Company to present the Pass the Mic Festival, a livestreamed event to amplify Black voices and raise funds for BLD PWR and Color of Change.
Watch the Pass the Mic Festival live today at 6 p.m. on YouTube at bit.ly/IAMAPassTheMic or on Facebook at facebook.com/AmmoTheatre/.
BLD PWR and Color of Change are both organizations dedicated to racial justice and equity.
BLD PWR works at the intersection of grassroots and narrative activism by empowering frontline communities to address issues that affect their lives. Color of Change is the nation’s largest racial justice organization helping people respond to injustice in the world.
The festival will be hosted by IAMA and AMMO company members which include Courtney Sauls, who has worked on Netflix’s “Dear White People,” and Brandon Scott, who has worked on Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and “Dead to Me.”
The festival will also include five new plays written and directed by Black artists including playwrights Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Malika Oyetimein, Larry Powell, Carolyn Ratteray and Daryl Watson. Directors Cheyenne Barboza, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Keith Powell, Larry Powell and Keiana Richárd’s work will be highlighted and discussed as well.
All of the plays were inspired by the current iteration of the movement for racial justice and equity. There will be a moderated post-show discussion with the artists.
“It is our pleasure and responsibility as artistic directors in Los Angeles to support Black artists in the moment and beyond,” IAMA and AMMO said in a joint statement about the festival. “This is an opportunity to influence historically White institutions to embrace a more accurate representation of our society and work.”
“As some begin to pivot away from the crucial work being done to address the systemic racism challenging our nation, may we all endeavor to maintain our commitment to justice, equity and excellence,” the companies said. “We are not only excited to uplift Black voices in this festival, but to continue to lead the charge on representation in the arts.”
Pass the Mic Festival is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds will go to BLD PWR and Color of Change. IAMA and AMMO will each match the first $500 in donations for up to an additional $1000.
To make a donation, go to bidpal.net/passthemic.
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