Apr 2, 2015
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There are two more opportunities to see “Freedom Change,” the powerful performance crafted by talented local artists as part of the Iron Voices Project.

Shows will take place Friday and Saturday at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, 339 11th St., at 8 p.m. The ticket is $15 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for those under 18 (although attendees who cannot afford the cost will not be turned away).

Tickets can be purchased here.

The performance follows a young man who is locked up for a crime he doesn’t commit and also the challenges that follow his release on bail, when he has a new perspective. After the shows, actors and creators will engage in a dialogue with the public about the work, particularly as it relates to Richmond and surrounding communities.

The work was “constructed using a series of devised theater techniques with contributions from a large group of local teens, young adults and emerging resident theater artists,” according to the East Bay Center for Performing Arts. “This piece is a compilation of their work and strives to represent the complexities of lived injustice while balancing the Center’s mission of supporting artistic training and re-imagining our world.”

The Iron Voices Project, which is an ongoing public dialogue about race and opportunity for youth of color, was initiated and is led by the East Bay Center for Performing Arts and involves Young Artist Diploma students, community partners, local youth, young adults and professional theater, music, film, and dance artists.

Freedom Change was also made possible with support from The California Endowment and the City of Richmond Neighborhood Public Art Program.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.