As Black people, the ubiquitous nature and devastating effects of anti-blackness in our country forces us to confront the multitude of perspectives of Black folx who are tackling poverty, sexism, racism, and people moving through life through the cross-hairs. We want to center and uplift the narratives that track our histories, form linkages to our legacies, and find strategies for surviving an unjust and murderous society.
Theater is a safe house - a space of liberation, a source of freedom, a container, a church, a salon, a barber shop, a kiki, the sanctuary. Black people have always used theatre to recall and more importantly pass down the stories of our people from generation to generation.
GildaPapoose Collective is exactly that - a reminder, and a retelling of who my mothers are and the right that I have to be. To that end, I envision leveraging theatre in the same fashion it has guided me and inviting the Black mamas that we bail out into a theater fellowship.