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Short Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow

October 24, 2020 3:00 pm @ 3:00 pm

CATCO is Kids in conjunction with CATCO will open its 2020-21 season with a free virtual presentation
of Short Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m., featuring four short plays
for multigenerational audiences by award-winning playwright, poet and educator Idris Goodwin.
The plays, The Water Gun Song, ACT FREE, Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth, and #Matter, are being
presented as part of the King Arts Complex’s HeART of Protest initiative, honoring George Floyd’s 46
years of life and ongoing worldwide protest for social justice, and in collaboration with Goodwin and

“Earlier this year, Goodwin made these plays available to everyone as open-source scripts, without any
barriers to access, to spark conversations about race in America and to serve as a catalyst for action,” said
Leda Hoffmann, CATCO artistic director. “It is our sincere hope that audiences will watch and discuss
Short Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow with their families and friends Oct. 24 and long afterward.”
Each play explores a different theme to encourage dialogue about an antiracist future, and targets various
age groups:
• A parent and child discuss why a water gun isn’t simply a toy in The Water Gun Song (for
audiences age 6 and up), approximately 10 minutes.
• Three kids wrestle with the definition of freedom in ACT FREE (for audiences age 9 and up),
approximately 8 minutes.
• A parent and child try to complete a rap for a school presentation in Nothing Rhymes with
Juneteenth (for audiences 9 and up), approximately 8 minutes.
• Former high school friends debate life and race in #Matter (for audiences age 14 and up),
approximately 11 minutes.

The plays will be produced separately and streamed simultaneously on YouTube (the link will be
available at https://kingsartscomplex.com/heartofprotests/ and https://www.catco.org). In conjunction
with the plays, (3 p.m., The Water Gun Song; 3:30 p.m., ACT FREE; 4 p.m. Nothing Rhymes with
Juneteenth; and 5:30 p.m., #Matter), CATCO is Kids and CATCO will host talkbacks with the artists
following each performance; a panel discussion titled “Talking to Kids about Race” will take place at
4:30 p.m. At the end of the performances, the theatres will host a virtual opening celebration at 6 p.m.
After Oct. 24, the plays will be online at https://www.catco.org and available to stream free of charge to
continue the conversation.

The Short Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow will feature Central Ohio actors, both young performers
and adults. Directing the plays are :
• Shanelle Marie, (The Water Gun Song), who appeared at CATCO in Home last season, and is a
board member and collaborator with the Maroon Arts Group, which creates performance arts to
nurture local talent and enrich the community. Previously, she was the assistant director of The
Color Purple with State of the Arts Productions.
• Kenneth Brown, (Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth), who is a Columbus-based renaissance artist
with acting, singing, dancing, writing, choreography and directing credits. Recent credits include
working as an actor, singer, dancer and assistant choreographer for Renaissance Magic, and actor,
singer, dancer and choreographer in several productions with Thiossance West African Dance
• David S. Harewood, (#Matter), who has spent the last 20 years exploring the intersection of art
and social justice movements. He was the dramaturg for CATCO’s production of Eubie! and
directed Home last season. Recent credits include re-imaginings of great speeches and letters
from the Civil Rights era and before.
• Patricia Wallace-Winbush, (ACT FREE), who is a longtime central Ohio actor and director. She
has performed with several local theatre companies: Players Theatre, Gallery Players, Red
Herring Theatre Ensemble, Short North Stage and CATCO. Directing credits include several
productions with PAST Productions Columbus, of which she is co-founder and co-producer.
When Hoffmann assumed the role of CATCO’s artistic director earlier this year, she shared commitment
to using the power of theatre to inspire conversation, action and change in these unprecedented times of
cultural and social changes under way in our community and world.

“Theatre has amazing power – and the responsibility – to bring people together. Those shared experiences
have the power to transform,” she said. “I am grateful to the King Arts Complex for leading the HeART
of Protest effort and bringing so many artists and arts organizations together.”
Hoffmann has background in youth theatre education and directing adult shows, and enjoys opportunities
to combine them. The multigenerational Goodwin plays offer that opportunity to connect CATCO and
CATCO is Kids’ adult and youth audiences, she said.

CATCO and CATCO is Kids’ 36th season is sponsored by support from The Ohio Arts Council, which
helps fund the theatre with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans, and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for
the Arts.

CATCO also appreciates the support of the Bernhart J. Mertz and Barbara B. Coons funds of The
Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all
of its citizens, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations
since 1973. Other supporters include The Shubert Foundation Inc. and Nationwide Insurance Foundation.
CATCO is Kids’ presenting sponsor is The City of Columbus Recreation and Parks. CATCO and
CATCO is Kids’ season partner is the Columbus Metropolitan Library and media partner is WOSU
Public Media. For more information, visit catco.org.

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