On October 10, Crossroads students will take their talents outside our walls for an outdoor experience for this year’s Fall Play, Just Us: A Collection of Solo Performances on Themes of Justice and Injustice.
“Just Us was born of creating a solution during these unprecedented times. Students have been inspired to express their concerns and voice around the injustices of this summer,” says theater teacher Deb Mein, referencing the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others, and the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism.
Deb notes that their work was inspired by the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor walking experience “Shakespeare in the Park” which took place in Forest Park this summer. Attendees will be part of a socially-distanced, masked walking experience on the Crossroads grounds, gathering to view each performer and guided in groups.
Students have created their own works and adapted others, with performances ranging from original music and monologues to dance and stand-up comedy. “Just Us has enabled our program to showcase the varied talent at Crossroads in a way we might not have been able to with a traditional Fall Play,” adds Deb.
Eventually, the show will appear in two formats: the outdoor experience and a Black Box recording experience for each solo performer. The recorded performances will be shared thru social media and with the Crossroads community.
October 10, 3:00pm
- Attendees will be required to wear masks
- Performances will be spaced out 20-30 feet in separate green spaces and the North parking lot.
- Audience members will be released in pods of 2-3 families and will follow a “walking tour” map instructing them to each performance
- For reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with how many in your group will be in attendance. For the sake of safety, families not already quarantining together must email separately.