Artistic Director Elena Velasco discusses
A New Nation.
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Guerrilla Theatre Works: A New Nation
July 7-29, 2018
A New Nation is the latest performance piece generated through Convergence Theatre’s Guerrilla Theatre Works model, a synthesis of performance art, poetry, interviews and physical theatre. A New Nation probes responses to the immigration crisis in the US and current perceptions of the stranger, amplifying diverse voices to challenge fear and strengthen our sense of home. The journey of an unaccompanied minor, a deportation notice and everyday life in a new land are glimpses of the narratives that move beyond the boundaries of the theatre itself.

Performances are framed by Converging Minds, our community engagement event focused transforming art into action. Some Converging Minds events feature local leaders who offer simple yet effective ways to be an advocate or just more inclusive citizen. Other performances feature an “Open Spaces” engagement providing the opportunity for audience members to connect to other community members to discover ways to become more engaged neighbors and foster dialogue with one another. Combined with the show, Converging Minds becomes the heart of your theatre-going experience.

Production photos for A New Nation by Ethan Malamud.

Dates, Times & Prices

July 7-July 29
Thursday thru Saturday at 8 PM
Saturday and Sunday at 4 PM

Special Performance
Industry Night – Tuesday, July 10 at 8 PM

$18 General Admission
$14 Students and Seniors

All performances take place at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020 and are generously supported by ARCH Development.

Plan Your Visit
Converging Minds

What is Converging Minds?
• A program of coordinated events scheduled before or after a performance which enhance and extend the audience’s experience of the play; these events include workshops, panel discussions, facilitated dialogues with community leaders, and things we have yet to dream up.
• An avenue to present related resources.
• A source of actions audience members can take to become advocates or simply more inclusive citizens.

Schedule of Events
Friday, July 13th @ 9:30PM: Noobtsaa Philip Vang, Foodhini
Saturday, July 14th @ 5:30PM: Stoking the Coals Activist Workshop
Sunday, July 15th @ 5:30PM: Sally Dworak-Fisher, Public Justice Center
Saturday, July 21st @ 5:30PM: Erin McKenney, Just Neighbors

A trailer for A New Nation by Destiny Martinez.
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Converging Minds Speakers

Convergence Theatre is proud to partner with local organizations that are committed to creating positive change in our community. Below is a schedule of our featured Converging Minds speakers:

Noobtsaa Philip Vang, Foodhini

Friday, July 13th (following the 8 PM performance)

Noobtsaa Philip Vang (Founder & CEO) is an MBA graduate of the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, with an emphasis in social entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Noobtsaa earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and led capital projects for 3M Company. Growing up as a Hmong American, he grew to appreciate his culture’s cuisine, while at the same time seeing the barriers to sustainable income generation for his community as immigrants. Noobtsaa recognized that many immigrant communities face this challenge, and in the summer of 2015, he founded Foodhini.

Foodhini is a for-profit social enterprise focused on creating sustainable income generation opportunities for marginalized immigrant communities through food commerce. Foodhini provides a commercial kitchen for independent immigrant home chefs to leverage their existing culinary skills and prepare their authentic home-cooked ethnic cuisines. Through Foodhini’s digital platform, the chefs can then sell their meals direct to customers.

Learn More about Foodhini
Sally Dworak-Fisher, Public Justice Center

Sunday, July 15th (following the 4 PM performance)

Sally Dworak-Fisher joined the PJC in 2002, where she has worked on a variety of projects, including national class action litigation against Wal-Mart for gender discrimination; class action litigation against the state of Maryland for unconstitutional conditions of confinement at the Baltimore City Detention Center; class action litigation against the Baltimore County Board of Education for violations of homeless children’s education rights; policy advocacy and litigation on behalf of low-wage workers; and public and client education regarding homeless students’ education rights. She currently leads the PJC’s Workplace Justice Project.

Sally graduated with honors from University of Michigan Law School in 1997, where she was also an editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Coordinator of the National Lawyers Guild, and recipient of the Jane L. Mixer Award for her demonstrated commitment to social justice. After graduation, Sally clerked for two federal judges and worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C. at Ayuda, Inc., where she represented low-income individuals seeking relief from deportation. Sally received her B.A. in Government with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University.

Learn More about the workplace justice project
Erin McKenney, Just Neighbors

Saturday, July 21st (following the 4 PM performance)

Erin McKenney (Executive Director) is a native of Kentucky and graduate of Georgetown College (KY) with a degree in Marketing and Finance. As Executive Director, Erin manages the business and development aspects of Just Neighbors. She also connects Just Neighbors to the community through churches, organizations and individuals. Erin speaks a little Portuguese and Spanish. Her mission trips through her church (AUMC) have exposed her to a number of immigrants as well as her last job at Safe Haven, feeding the hungry and homeless. Her extensive travel to places like Mozambique, Brazil, Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean and Central America has allowed her to see the conditions that cause people to emigrate. Erin is actively involved in Annandale United Methodist Church, where she has served as the Missions chair, and president of the United Methodist Women. Her favorite thing about Just Neighbors is the passion that the staff, volunteers and board have for what they do every day!

Just Neighbors is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving and supporting the immigrant community of northern Virginia. Its mission is to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all faiths and nationalities, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Learn More about Just Neighbors

Our Season: Unveiling the Invisible

MARCH 2017
Raising the Voice

Wednesday, March 29 from 7-9pm
at Source Theatre

1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Featuring: Fabiolla da Silva, Oliva Haller, Elena Velasco, and Annette Mooney Wasno

Raising the Voice in a Culture of Violence is a joint performance and praxis event between Domestic Violence Resource Project and Convergence Theatre. This event uses applied theatre methods and performance practices to address issues of violence against women, particularly against women of color.

This is a Pay-What-You-Can Event

JUNE 2017
Activist Art Festival

Convergence Theatre will join with other DC artists for a weekend of performance, hosted by Synetic Theatre in Arlington, VA. In this collaboration, new works will be shared and developed, culminating with performances at various stages in development. In keeping with Convergence’s mission, this project seeks to honor the artistic process and challenge our social values.

JAN-FEB 2018
This Is All Just Temporary

by Convergence Theatre Resident Dramaturg, Olivia Haller – Lauren, a recent college grad, moves back in with her parents while she looks for a job. However, the behavioral aggression of Noah, Lauren’s adult brother with autism, is severely increasing. Lauren struggles between her desire to move away to build her own life and the urgent need to contribute to her family’s crisis. This new work will serve as Convergence Theatre’s offering in the 2018 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival.

Performances at the Anacostia Arts Center, and generously supported by ARCH Development

JULY 2018
GTW3: A New Nation

Building on the success of At What Cost?, this third phase of Guerrilla Theatre Works seeks to strengthen community through the presentation of diverse voices. A NEW NATION continues to press the troubling and changing concept of home, both here and abroad.

Performances at the Anacostia Arts Center, and generously supported by ARCH Development