No Safety Net
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Provocative Theater. Courageous Conversations. Safe Spaces.
“The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.” (Goethe)
Save the date for No Safety Net, a program of provocative theater featuring four different productions over a three-week period in January and early February.
The stage can be a powerful vehicle for expressions of resistance, social unrest, and political change. And artists on stage ask us to face complexity — to provoke thinking that can unsettle and even hurt. We may be asked to confront difficult issues that we might otherwise prefer to avoid. There are no easy answers, and no clear truths. Opinion, bias, training, and status all take center stage in this artistic journey.
The UMS 2017-18 season will include a three-week look at stage work that embraces the long theatrical legacy of intervening in social issues and drawing diverse voices into focused conversation. In doing so, we may be asked to reconsider our notions of the world and listen to different viewpoints. We will certainly be challenged to re-examine what we think we already know.
Through artistic presentation on stage, and an equal helping of discussion and inquiry off the stage, UMS will create a community platform for important dialogue — an invocation to move beyond our personal comfort zones and to lean in to the complexities of living in a global society.
The hoped-for outcome? Better understanding. Better resilience. And a better ability to face the world we live in.
Full details to be announced in September.