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Free Street’s IN/HOUSE residency program provides a platform for artists to develop new work, offering a wide range of interdisciplinary performances and perspectives. This Winter, be the first to experience brand new work from our Artists-in-Residence in a series of developmental readings and workshops!

Next featured Artist-in-Residence:

Quenna Lené Barrett – “Re-writing the Declaration” (workshop)
January 29thFebruary 5thFebruary 12th @ 6:30pm

About the play: (How) Can a place truly ever be free to all? (How) Can we resist oppressing another in a quest for freedom and independence?  How might the re-writing of a document such as the Declaration of Independence include and center the voices of the multitudes? How can people not included in this nation’s founding (re)claim this is a space where we belong? “Re-Writing the Declaration” (working title) is a project exploring these questions that will engage Chicago communities in re-imagining and re-writing the document that defines us a nation. It will ultimately result in a participatory play that invites audience members to engage with the performance in a way that asks them to respond to injustices that are perpetuated, and even defended, by our country’s founding documents. The play will thematically address issues of systemic injustice and oppression, while itself serving as a tool for those experiencing or witnessing injustice to become active players in changing such systems. It seeks to: center marginalized narratives; amplify, celebrate, and reflect their experiences; and enact and practice a model of building the world we want to see and live in.


February 5
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Free Street Theatre
1419 W. Blackhawk Street
Chicago, IL 60642 United States
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