Presented by Next Stage Arts & Sandglass Theater as part of Sandglass Theater’s Voices of Community series.
Addiction, religion and the law intersect in a timely and personal exploration of the criminal justice system. This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak’s most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of the songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop and dramatic performance. A timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Dahlak’s own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. The piece works through the personal shame of criminal stigmatization to examine the factors – both internal and external – that have misplaced him in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.
A post-show discussion will be hosted by the Root Social Justice Center.
This project is supported in part by Landmark Trust USA, the Putney Food Cooperative, and is made possible in part by funding from the National Performance Network.
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