Common Ground Theatre presents Uplifting Black Voices
SAN DIEGO – San Diego’s premiere Black theatre, Common Ground Theatre, is proud to announce its 2020-21 season, filled with virtual and outdoor performances around the theme of “Raising Our Consciousness to a Higher Level.”
In partnership with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Common Ground Theatre’s season seeks to provide a “common ground” for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to participate, interact, connect and share their love of theatre.
Every month from December through June, Common Ground Theatre will highlight Black voices through short play readings by Black playwrights from San Diego and around the United States. All readings are free via Zoom, with donations appreciated. Sign up at commongroundtheatre.com.
On Saturday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.: In “Speaking Truth to Power,” by Robert Alexander, three longtime roommates have difficult conversations on race, class, police brutality and white privilege. The play is meant to keep the conversation going over the racial divide in the Divided States of America.
In two plays by Cris Eli Blak, audiences will first hear “BOY,” a play where a young man must have the most honest and raw conversation of his life with his strong-willed father. It is a conversation that neither expected and a resolution that is even more unexpected. In “Burden of Proof” a high school teacher who works with inner-city kids must face his wife’s decision to defend a white supremacist. The couple must navigate what the right thing to do is and what it means to live in a country where the truth is hardest to find.
“Common Ground Theatre is one of Southeastern San Diego’s jewels. Its focus on presenting work reflective of the African American experience is important. We have partnered with Common Ground to help increase its visibility in our community, and across the San Diego region,” added Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones. “Uplifting the assets of our community is critical to our mission. Common Ground Theatre has a rich history in Southeastern San Diego worthy of recognition beyond its community base.”