Cast members from Divided We Fall

Play framing racism hits Capitol Theatre

Divided We Fall is a collection of monologues that highlight the subtleties of racism that can occur in day-to-day life.

Divided We Fall, a play framing the subtleties of racism that can occur in everyday society, will be back at the Capitol theatre for the second year and will feature new monologues.

Running March 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m., Divided We Fall, provides audiences with a collection of true stories that come from Port Alberni and British Columbia residents.

“A lot of them are specifically from Port Alberni and the new stories are actually time sensitive, so things that have happened to people in the last little while,” Said Teresa Drew, who co-wrote the play with Naomi Boutwell.

The play is modeled is to highlight racial discrimination that can happen in day-to-day life that is overlooked, inconspicuous and not may not be blatantly obvious.

“It’s important to put on a play like this because people are trying to not be racist and sometimes they don’t know that they’re being racist,” Drew said. “The more you know the better you can do.”

Drew said last year’s production received quite a bit of feedback from people who were saying things that they didn’t know was considered racist.

There’s approximately 50 different monologues, some much shorter than others.

“There’s one about a girl’s experience in foster care, so some are pretty tough,” Drew said. “But there’s some light stuff too and some stuff that will make you laugh.”

The cast is made up of eight people who each take turns reading the various monologues.

“This is not a play about attacking people, it is a play about educating people,” Drew said. “In the end there is a sequence about what to do if you experience racism towards you or towards a friend. I really feel like it’s an important thing for people to see.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at the Friendship Centre or $12 at the Capitol Theatre before the show.

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