Frankly Speaking: What’s Up With That? Episode One

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Monthly Conversations on Facebook Live Beginning Sept. 9

Join us for a new series of live online discussions between theatre artists about the critical issues facing the arts, culture, and society.

Part of Frank Theatre’s mission is to create work that “explores ideas and issues of social, political and/or cultural concern.” Although that mission cannot be accomplished on the stage during COVID, Frank Theatre believes in the importance of continuing to have conversations that question the world we live in. Taking the moniker from Frank’s regular newsletter, “FRANKLY SPEAKING: What’s Up With That?” invites the public to join in an exploration of the kinds of questions that drive and inform the work that Frank typically puts on stage. The public is invited to participate in a Q&A following the discussion on Facebook Live.

EPISODE ONE: Whiteness in Twin Cities Theatre

With Wendy Knox, Suzy Messerole, Joel Sass, and moderated by Maria Asp
September 9 at 7pm on Facebook Live

Watch Episode One:

Local artistic directors will discuss the topic of “whiteness” in the theatre, the harm caused by white supremacy in American theatre, and how white leaders of small theatre companies can shift the culture to center BIPOC artists. Join Joel Sass (Producing Artistic Director of Open Eye Theatre), Suzy Messerole (co-Artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre) and Wendy Knox (Artistic Director of Frank Theatre) for a conversation moderated by teaching artist and frequent Frank performer Maria Asp.

This is intended to be a conversation among white panelists, asking them to address their roles in dismantling white supremacy in theatre, without asking BIPOC to do the work of explaining to/for us. Whiteness is an issue that white people must address and work to resolve without burdening BIPOC.

FRANKLY SPEAKING will be live monthly. Like Frank’s Facebook page and get notifications when we’re going live! FRANKLY SPEAKING episodes will be available after the live air date on Facebook Live, Vimeo, and the Frank Theatre website.