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Demonstration 2013

February 23 through March 10, 2013

By Dan Friedman    Directed by David Nackman

Under the direction of David Nackman, Demonstration 2013 incorporates song, poetry, documentary footage, oral history, and selections from Castillo’s repertoire of theatrical productions, to examine the legacy of the cultural and political movements of the 1960s. The play is a family photo album of sorts, telling stories of the activists who helped build Castillo and the unique independent performance community from which Castillo emerged and which Castillo has helped shape over the last four decades. With roots in the Epic Theatre of Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht, Demonstration 2013 draws its inspiration from three previous “Demonstration” pieces conceived by the late Fred Newman, Castillo’s artistic director and playwright-in-residence from 1989 to 2005.

The cast is composed of seasoned stage performers working side-by-side with Castillo volunteers and activists and graduates of the Youth Onstage! Community Performance School. The production is anchored by Ava Jenkins, winner of the 2012 AUDELCO “Viv” Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Sally Hemings in the Castillo production of Sally and Tom (The American Way).