About This Event
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to reinvigorate its WBTT Voices program with a special offering, "Telling Our Stories in the Black Theatre." In conjunction with WBTT's new production of Dominique Morisseau's play, "Pipeline," renowned journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault will facilitate a panel discussion via Zoom with Morisseau, WBTT Founder and Artistic Director Nate Jacobs, and "Pipeline" director L. Peter Callender. Topics will include how African American playwrights are telling their stories on Broadway and in regional theatre, and why Black cultural institutions are essential — especially in light of recent events such as the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans, and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Morisseau will also talk about the influence of Detroit on her writing and how she developed the theme in Pipeline that explores the school-to-prison pipeline that affects so many young Black males. The funding for this WBTT Voices program is provided by The Patterson Foundation in appreciation for the partnership with WBTT related to the recent collaborative project, "Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: A Walk to Respect." The WBTT Voices program, a free service WBTT offers for the community, examines the people and issues that have shaped the African-American experience in our country. WBTT Voices was launched in 2014. This event takes place on Tuesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. Tickets are free but reservations are required; go to bit.ly/WBTTVoicesStories to register. A Zoom link will be provided in advance of the program.