41st Season Crossing Lines
Fifty years ago a young couple was thrust into the national spotlight because they fought for their love to be recognized. Richard and Mildred Loving, aptly named, didn’t intend to change history—they just wanted to protect their family. They took their fight to the highest court and with Loving v. The State of Virginia, the Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional. The year was 1967.
We’re not far from that fight. Even today interracial couples and families are met with curiosity, scrutiny, and in this racially tense time, contempt. They represent an anxiety about a breakdown of racial hierarchy in the U.S. that goes back centuries. In 2017 we find ourselves defending progress we never imagined would be imperiled, but we also find that we are capable of reaching beyond ourselves to imagine our world anew.
This season we explore what happens when the boundlessness of love meets the boundaries of our identities. Powerful drama and provocative conversations will inspire us to move beyond the barriers of our skin toward the beating of our hearts. Join us to celebrate the courage of those who love outside the lines, who fight to be all of who they are, and in doing so, urge us to manifest a more loving, inclusive America.
41ST SEASON: CROSSING LINES
Color, culture, sexuality, class. What happens when we dare to cross society’s difficult divides? This season, Penumbra presents stories of people fighting to be seen, accepted, respected, and loved — not as the world dictates, but as they are. Join us to celebrate the struggles and strength of those who don’t live inside the lines.
Penumbra Theatre produces artistically excellent, thought-provoking, relevant art that illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
Penumbra’s Let’s Talk Series creates space for compassionate and challenging conversations around issues of social justice, equity, and the arts. Hosted by Sarah Bellamy, the event begins at 6:00pm with refreshments and light bites, followed by a 90-minute presentation and discussion.
Join us for film screenings followed by provocative discussion about the themes. REEL Talks are free, but reservations are required. Each event begins at 7:00pm.
“Summer Institute gave me a purpose as a woman and person of color to share my personal experience without oppression and judgement.”
—Rahila Coats, Summer Institute Alumna