Project 2050: Evening Show (2001)


One of New WORLD Theater’s artistic legacies is Project 2050, a multi-year youth arts initiative built on the demographic projection that people of color would become the majority in the United States by 2050. The program brought together professional artists, youth communities from Massachusetts, scholars, and community activists to engage civic dialogue and create original performances based on themes that addressed young performers’ dreams and concerns. Performances were created from workshops that included playwriting, poetry, breakdancing, drumming, beat boxing, lyricism, singing, songwriting, stepping, and visual art. Project 2050 youth theatre artists presented a series of short works throughout the program. Composed like vignettes, these youth performers present pieces about race, class, immigration, identity politics, and social issues. The youth theatre artists use an array of movement, beatboxing, spoken word, and song, to convey their individual and collective narratives. Racism, prisons, and nationalism are other themes explored in their works. The group works in-between collective struggles and individual stories about themselves. They bring to the stage the same configurations, conflicts, alliances, and acts of solidarity that populate our world. This inspiring evening of short works ends with a hip-hop and breakdance jam session with all youth theatre artists present on stage.


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  • Title: Project 2050: Evening Show
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:35:59
  • Language: English
  • Date: 2001
  • Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Credits: New WORLD Theater, producer.