Will You Stand Up? (2015)

March 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30pm, 2015
Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 3rd Floor, Chicago

“I’m learning what peace is for me, ’cause it ain’t the same thing for everybody.”
-KOKUMO from Will You Stand Up?

Whether victim, perpetrator or witness, acts of violence leave no one unharmed. Witness five men and women find their voices, confront their pasts, and challenge their communities to action in this visceral production about the various effects of violence on mental health.

Will You Stand Up? made its world premiere at Vittum Theatre in December 2011 before being re-staged at Center on Halsted in November 2012. This version of Will You Stand Up? is directed by ETD Founder/Artistic Director Brighid O’Shaughnessy and features ETD company members Brenda Barrie and Craig C. Thompson.

Our Partner Organizations
Beyond the performances, Erasing the Distance provides an expanded, active experience through partnering with four violence prevention organizations. Each group will have representatives on-site on each evening of the production to offer resources and support. Most importantly, they will also present active ways for patrons to get involved in direct service or advocacy. The four organizations that we are proud to work with Apna Ghar, Between Friends, Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health and Rape Victims Advocates.

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Directed by:
Brighid O’Shaughnessy*

Adapted by:
Brenda Barrie*+, Patricia Curtis, Brighid O’Shaughnessy* & Craig C. Thompson*

Cast:
Brenda Barrie*+, Bryan Bosque, Ronnel Taylor, Craig C. Thompson & Penelope Walker+

Stage Manager:
Kit Ryan

Lighting Designer:
Becca Jeffords

*ETD Company Member
+member of Actors Equity

***This production contains graphic language and explicit content best suited for adults. We recommend high school students only attend if accompanied by an adult.***

This program is partially supported by Experian, The Glasser and Rosenthal Family Foundation at the Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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