On this episode, Jamie, Rob, and Jennifer chat with actor, author, and activist Eric Ulloa about Muppets and mass gun violence. As we mark the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, we discuss “26 Pebbles”, a documentary play Eric created from the voices of the residents of Newton, Connecticut in the aftermath of that tragedy, and the ways in which theatre can inspire activism, breed empathy, and remind us of our common humanity. Later, Rob discusses some things you can do to help.
We in the theatre community are not known as a bunch who shy away from getting stuff done. We believe in standing up, speaking out, and using our voices to raise each other up. Theatre helps us heal, it shines a light on problems we face as a society, and it gives us a platform to make the world a better place.
#104: Opening Night (feat. Jenifer Foote, Tyler Hanes, Bre Jackson, Anastacia McCleskey, Linda Mugleston, Eric Ulloa)
Dressing up in your fancy fun outfits, barely being able to see your mirror because of the mountains of flowers and gifts, the roar of a crowd that wants to celebrate your accomplishments and hard work, and the community building of passing down traditions: it must be a Broadway opening night!
Quick Warning: This episode contains a few words in reference to labels placed on people by society. They may be inappropriate for young children or loudspeaker listening.