The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) kicks off the INclusion series, which celebrates diverse storytelling, with T.J. Young’s “NO. 6.”
The virtual production is inspired by the killing of a young Black man in Cincinnati by a white police officer in 2001. The story centers on a Black family who live above their dry cleaning business. As riots break out all over the city, they protect an intoxicated white man. This causes tensions to rise and secrets are revealed.
“Our decision to produce T.J. Young’s intense family drama NO. 6 is a decision to use our art to reflect deeply on the human impact of racial injustice in our country,” said IRT’s Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director Janet Allen. “Art can help us see under the surface of the news headlines: past the sensational pictures and footage, past the bylines and statistics, and into the hearts of people who must live through these huge traumas.”
Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, an associate professor of theatre and director of Multicultural Theatre at Western Michigan University, is the director. Lampkin has acted in IRT productions “Doubt” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.
“NO. 6 provides us the opportunity to acknowledge the black and brown people who have lost their lives to police brutality, while simultaneously creating a space for us to reflect, re-examine, and recalibrate,” Lampkin said. “In light of current events, it is my hope that audiences will allow their anger, frustration, and confusion to shape their experience as they bear witness to this play. You must be willing to go through it to get to it.”
Tickets for the virtual production start at $30. The production will stream March 11-April 4.
The final shows for the 2020-21 season will be “Mrs. Harrison” and “The House that Jack Built.”
WHERE: Online at irtlive.com.
WHEN: Streaming March 11-April 4. PNC presents “NO. 6”is approximately one hour and 25 minutes, with no intermission. Tickets and information at irtlive.com.
COST: Virtual tickets start at $30.
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