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March 2 - March 6
Corktown, a new work by up-and-coming playwright Jeff Augustin will receive its Milwaukee premiere by Peck School of the Arts’ Department of Theatre March 2-6 in the UWM Mainstage Theatre. Directed by Rebecca Holderness, the production is a collaborative project utilizing talents of local visual artist James Tomasello and members of TRUE Skool to construct set dressings that illustrate inner-city Detroit.
Corktown is the oldest surviving neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan, though it is only half as old as the city itself. “Corktown” is a study of gentrification, the past, present and future of a fallen city. The play looks at how neighborhoods and relationships change through economic shifts, from down to up, and then back down again. At its heart, it is a play about coming of age in a changing world.
“Our students are excited to act out characters and issues that are familiar to them,” says Holderness. “It’s a rarity, in a sense, to have the opportunity to connect with your characters deeply at this level.”
The cast of characters in Corktown are just as diverse as the students who will portray them. “Diversity allows a truer representation of a community, which was the impetus in reaching out to Tomasello and his students at TRUE Skool. Together we were able to have real conversations art and culture, what’s worth preserving and what’s lost in destruction.” reflects Holderness.
Running March 2-6; Wednesday – Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm