Fremont, Calif., October 28, 2020—Ohlone College’s award-winning Theatre & Dance department presents the premiere of Parrhesia 2020: A Community Of Voices, Identities, and Diversity. Written by Ohlone College students, the piece will be presented online December 11th and 12th at 8 p.m. For those interested in viewing the free performance, links will be provided upon filling out an interest form.
Ohlone College student Grace Romero struggles to make sense of today’s world. Society is in turmoil as injustices are coming to light. The pandemic has affected Grace’s relationships, family, friends, and sense of self. Disconnected, she begins a journey of self-discovery and decides to seek answers to her questions by reaching out and interviewing the people in her community. Along the way, she speaks with a diverse group of people from different backgrounds and points of view and finds connections she never had before.
Ohlone College students have developed this project using Johnny Saldaña’s ethnotheatre approach for devising an original work. They interviewed dozens of people in the Fremont community to better understand COVID-19, its implications, and the societal injustices that have come to the foreground as a result of this unprecedented time in our history. Using these interviews, the students have created a theatrical piece which has been turned into a film that shares the stories and perspectives of their community.
For information about Parrhesia 2020 and to obtain the links to the production, please visit: www.ohlone.edu/parrhesia. This production contains language not suitable for children.