JUST US PERFORMANCE TROUPE PRESENT “REFLECTIONS OF CULTURE”: AN ORIGINAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PERFORMANCE OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE

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JUST US PERFORMANCE TROUPE PRESENT “REFLECTIONS OF CULTURE”: AN ORIGINAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PERFORMANCE OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE
APRIL 4TH AND APRIL 18TH UNCW CAMPUS & OLD BOOKS ON FRONT STREET: UNCW Storytelling invites the Wilmington community to Reflections of Culture, the 2ndedition of Just Us: A Performance Troupe for Social Justice. This autobiographical, original production features the student casts’ personal experiences with social injustice and asks the audience to reflect on how to pursue a just, more inclusive society.
“Stories connect us to one another. We remember stories better than facts and statistics because stories are how we organize our experiences and make sense of our world. Storytelling is a powerful form of communication. We’re so excited for the second edition of Just Us” says Dr. Julie-Ann Scott, Communication Studies Associate Professor and Director of the Just Us Performance Troupe.
The new Just Us cast features 16 new students with 16 new stories that reflect contemporary cultural issues ranging from racial profiling, to disability stigma, to interpersonal violence, to sexism to rape culture. Just Us began as an experimental ETEAL project (Experience Transformational Education through Applied Learning) in Spring 2016 and the current student cohort of COM 211: Storytelling and Culture created the 2nd edition from the ground up. They named the production, wrote the script, staged the show, created promotional materials, and conducted research to facilitate an open discussion with the audience after each performance. The course focuses on personal storytelling as an art, path to understanding, and persuasive communication practice.
Reflections of Culture will open campus on April 4th. The second show moves downtown to Old Books on Front Street on April 18th. “We are honored to host Reflections of Culture. Access to information and ideas, and creating a venue for diverse voices to share their experiences is at the core of our mission. Dr. Scott’s performance troupes consistently bring high-quality, challenging work that engages audiences and challenges some of our unrecognized biases. Any opportunity to host the troupe is a joy we relish!” says Gwenyfar Rholer, the Owner of Old Books on Front Street.
“The students chose the title Reflections of Culture to emphasize that their personal stories stem from pervasive social meanings and contexts. Their stories of social injustice reflect our shared cultural stories. And the hope they share for the future also includes all of us. This is a message we look forward to sharing with both of our audiences.” says Scott
Just Us: Our Stories of Social Justice will premiere Reflections of Culture Tuesday April 4th at 7:00 in Leutze 125 on the UNCW Campus at 7:00 and on April 18th at Old Books on Front Street at 249 N. Front St in Downtown Wilmington. Both performances are free and open to the public. Press inquiries may contact Dr. Julie-Ann Scott (207-991-8393, scottj@uncw.edu in the Communication Studies Department at UNCW.) Visual opportunities are available for the media.

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