For the 11th year, Pittsburg High School’s Rep Theatre class is shining a spotlight on a national social issue in the form of an original theatrical performance free to the public and area schools. This year, the theme is bias, hate, and discrimination, and it will come to life on stage at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine in Pittsburg, April 18 and April 20.
Past years have seen the class research and commission an original play by professional playwright Debbie Lamedman on timely topics such as school violence, eating disorders, climate change, bullying, prescription drug abuse, dating violence, Autism and differences, socio-economic diversity, technology addiction, and mental illness/depression.
Lamedman, who lives in Oregon, is also a director, acting coach, and author and editor of eight acting books.
This year’s show, “The Chasm Between Us: A close examination of bias, hate and discrimination in America,” will be performed free for the public at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 and for area schools at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 20. There are no tickets, although schools planning to attend are asked to call Memorial Auditorium at 620-231-7827 to reserve seating.
This show is geared toward middle and high school audiences.