The “ACT Social Justice Theatre Project” is a series of collaborative workshop to create a one act play. The project’s intention is to make audiences aware, through healthy public dialogue, of social justice issues by providing awareness and education to promote positive change. Past shows have included themes on teen and pre-teen cyberbullying, LGBTQ, refugee and newcomer barriers and stereotypes, mental health stigmas, and homeless and marginalized youth.
Workshop participants are not required to take part in the performance portion of this project and no theatre knowledge or experience is necessary. This project uses brainstorming, discussion, visual art and improvisation to create an original, honest play.
The 2018 ACT Social Justice Theatre Project theme is Newcomer Seniors. Workshops were conducted with seniors from Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women, Life After 50, as well as other seniors in the Windsor community, during the months of June 2017 – January 2018. Many personal stories were shared and from those stores the one act play entitled “In Flight” was created.
Funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Programs Grant, the seniors project brings together Windsor-Essex residents over the age of 50 to share their stories and create a play based on their life experiences.
ACT Presents: In Flight
You Can’t Leave It All Behind: The Story of Newcomer Seniors
Directed by Chris Rabideau
Original Conceived and Written by Linda Lord & Chris Rabideau
March 1, 2, 3 8:00pm & March 4, 2:00pm 2018
Tickets $15 Adults $10 Students
The Atelier 1078 Drouillard Road Windsor, ON
After long flights to Toronto from locations such as Syria, China, the Caribbean Islands, and England, this one act play follows a group of people on their final destination flight to Windsor, ON. The “In Flight” cast will engross the audience with their personal journeys as they narrate experiences of insecurity, challenge, and heroism. This play is based on the real-life stories of newcomer seniors to Canada living in Windsor, ON. and invites the audience to share in the experience of facing cultural change, social prejudice, and economic barriers, and then eventually uniting to find resilience, strength and unflinching hope.