Produced by The Harrison Center – Directed by The Sapphire Theatre Co
PreEnactment Theater envisions a neighborhood that OUGHT to be—just, equitable, and economically vibrant.
The Harrison Center, a community-based nonprofit organization, has announced PreEnactIndy will return for the third consecutive year on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 from 10 am – 5 pm. This free, one-of-a kind PreEnactment theater production spans three city blocks along 16th Street from the Monon Trail to Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. to help envision what a neighborhood OUGHT to be – just, equitable and economically vibrant.
In partnership with local professional theater groups, numerous neighborhood partners, organizers and several performing arts educators, the event will transform vacant lots and buildings, existing businesses, street lanes and sidewalks and bring to life a section of the Monon16 neighborhood for a public gathering that gives attendees fully-immersive experiences of the active, healthy and well-designed neighborhood the area deserves.
PreEnactIndy will be directed again by The Sapphire Theatre Company, who will engage the performing arts to produce this grass-roots, community-connected experience of revitalization in live time. Temporary facades built by set designers will rise again on vacant lots, abandoned buildings will be spruced up and throughout the day, live performances will illustrate to attendees scenarios of a thriving, inclusive and diverse community.
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“We have a tendency to romanticize the past when celebrating the story of a neighborhood, but creating true community engagement requires honoring longtime neighbors while inspiring new neighbors and visitors not to think of the community as a blank slate, but to see what’s possible when you seek to realize hopes and dreams, together!” said Joanna Taft, Executive Director of the Harrison Center and producer of PreEnactIndy.
“It is an honor to experience this creative, uplifting collaboration between artists, passionate partners and vital community members. By working together to create a one-day, interactive performance, we are fostering positive, ongoing transformations and preserving the important story of the neighborhood by using theatre to stage real change.” said Bonnie Mill, Artistic Director of The Sapphire Theatre.