Safety: A Play about Community-Police Relations by @CivicEnsemble #Twithaca

civic engagementI feel so, so honored to have been able to help local theatre group Civic Ensemble develop their new graphic identity and website.

And now, I’m really excited to tell you all about their upcoming, long-awaited community-based play, Safety: A Play about Community-Police Relations.

These folks are seriously awesome and I’m so happy to be in any way able to contribute to their impact here in the community. Check out this show and I think you’ll see what I mean.

Civic Ensemble presents 2nd Annual Community-Based play:

Safety: A Play About Community-Police Relations

Touring Ithaca September 19-28th

All performances are “Pay What You Can” At The Door 

(no one will be turned away due to inability to pay)

Reservations recommended: https://www.artful.ly/civic-ensemble


9/19-20 @ Lehman Alternative Community School  –  8pm Fri., 2pm & 8pm Sat.

9/25 @ Cornell University (Barnes Hall)  –  8pm

9/26 @ Ithaca College (Textor 101)  –  7:30pm

9/27 @ Latino Festival (Beverly J. Martin Library)  –  5pm

9/28 @ Calvary Baptist Church – BENEFIT for Southside Community Center – 6pm

Safety has been developed over the course of 12 months with input from civilian community members and police officers.

Nine members of the Ithaca community make up the cast of Safety: Blane “Bravo” Bent, Christina-Marie Brewington, Larisa Camacho Lillie, Rachel Gould, Ed Dvorak, Lisa Ellin, Rudy Gerson, Tin Ho, and Danny  “El Danny” Marte.

About the process of creating Safety:

The Safety cast has been working together since early July to put the play together. The play is comprised of stories told by community members and interviews with law enforcement officers conducted between September 2013 and August 2014. Additionally, several Ithaca Police Department officers visited the cast to discuss police viewpoints on community and police. There will also be original writing and devised scenes included in the play.

 About Civic Ensemble’s Community Based Play Process:

Every year, Civic Ensemble mounts a community-based play that is collaboratively written with community members and performed by a self-selected cast from the community. The topic of their next production is community-police relations and how these relationships can both help and hinder the cohesion of the community. Artistic Director Godfrey Simmons states, “Civic Ensemble is committed to creating an environment in which the community can examine different points of view without judgment. This project uses collaboratively created storytelling to address the divisions in our community with regard to policing and public safety.” Civic Ensemble believes that a truly civic theatre cannot exist without the voices of the community it serves.

This project is supported by the Community Foundation, the Cornell Public Service Center, Tompkins Trust Company, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and Shared Journeys.

About Civic Ensemble:

Civic Ensemble is a non-profit theatre company serving Ithaca and Tompkins County that produces new and overlooked plays, reinterpretations of classics, and community-based plays that deal with the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. Through the production of plays, after-school and in-school education programs for young people, and civic engagement programs with Ithaca community members, the company works to bring audiences of different races, classes, and experiences together in a public forum on the American experiment. Civic Ensemble is committed to employing Ithaca-based theatre artists whenever possible. It is our vision that theatre be accessible to all people, onstage and off.

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If you can’t go, please help to spread the word. Thank you!

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