6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice
Oct 17, 2020
- Oct 10, 2020 - 08:00 PM
- Oct 11, 2020 - 08:00 PM
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6 by 6
Collected Perspectives on Social Justice
By UI alumni Keith Josef Adkins, Kim Euell, Micah Ariel James, Anton Jones, and Levy Lee Simon
The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has reimagined its Centennial mainstage season and will open with a series of 10-minute plays entitled 6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice. As we began developing a new approach to the season, the department was dedicated to finding opportunities to elevate diverse voices, create space for dialogue about race, and to celebrate our BIPOC alumni who have been part of the Iowa community. Works were commissioned by five black alumni playwrights who were asked to provide perspectives on social justice. These plays were written to be performed by one to three actors, with some degree of social distancing, and presented to a virtual audience.
Watch the Performance Online
The virtual performance of this work will take place on Saturday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. CST.
A link to view the performance will be made available on the Department of Theatre Arts website on the performance date.
If you are unable to join us for opening night, all of our performances from the fall 2020 season will be available on the Theatre Arts YouTube channel through December 15, 2020.
The following works will be presented:
A Refugee in Detroit
By Keith Josef Adkins
Directed by Michael Kachingwe
When a mysterious box is delivered to a newly opened cafe, the stakes instantly change and become indistinguishable between paranoia and naivety for the new refugees in Detroit.
By Kim Euell
Directed by Britny Horton
Three strangers are forced to examine their perspectives on race and politics during one fateful train ride on the New Jersey Transit.
The Honey War
By Micah Ariel James
Directed by Octavius Lanier
The Honey War was a territorial dispute between Missouri and what was then (in 1839) Iowa Territory. Nobody died. Nobody even got hurt. But they called it a war. This is not exactly about that.
By Anton C. Jones
Directed by Steven Willis
A compilation of scenes centered on a small college’s return to campus during COVID, #Masks explores the depths of social performance and what our “masks” reveal and hide.
Into the Night
By Levy Lee Simon
Directed by Mary Beth Easley
A New York cop is on a mission for justice, only to find out that justice has different meanings.
Obermann Around the Table: Finding Your Place in Conflicted Histories
The Department of Theatre Arts will be collaborating with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies for the first event of their new series, Obermann Around the Table. This event, Finding Your Place in Conflicted Histories, will take place virtually on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more and register for Finding Your Place in Conflicted Histories here.
Art in the Pursuit of Social Justice
6 by 6 is part of the series Art and the Pursuit of Justice. Click here for a complete listing of other events in the series.
This event is free and will be presented online.
All performance dates are subject to change. Please visit the Arts Iowa Calendar or the Department of Theatre Arts website for the most up-to-date information.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319-335-2700.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at