Crossroads Theatre Company aims to address and heal racial issues through the arts
In the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, a New Jersey theater company believes it can play a role in addressing and healing racial issues through the arts.
Crossroads Theatre Company has told stories of the black experience through the plays and musicals it has produced for over four decades.
Crossroads Board of Trustees President Anthony Carter says that voice may be more important than ever as the country confronts issues of inequality and justice in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.
"It's time for us to learn and heal and to voice our own frustrations," says Carter.
Carter believes because of its history, Crossroads is in a unique position to stage works relevant to today's issues surrounding race.
"So, our voice is critically important right now. And it's important to be honest in the reflection of how we portray black folks," he says.
While Crossroads is a member company of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, a black theater company, Carter says that is a voice for everyone there.
While the theater itself is temporarily closed due to coronavirus restrictions, Crossroads is expanding its virtual platform
to reach audiences for the time being.
Crossroads will stream three audio plays about black women and the right to vote on June 19, or Freedom Day, which marks the anniversary of the effective ending of slavery in the U.S.
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