Creative Cauldron presents Difficult Conversations: Bridging the Divide

Ellen Selby Art & Culture

Creative Cauldron presents Difficult Conversations: Bridging the Divide, a new series of original plays. The premise is that in this challenging time of division and conflict, Creative Cauldron looks to writers in the DMV for inspiration and healing.  Each writer featured in this series has crafted a 10-minute, two-character play about a difficult conversation, mining issues of race, gender identity, politics or religion. Writers will be asked to also write a 10-minute companion piece, re-envisioning the conversation. A facilitated post-performance discussion will help us reflect on how we navigate the difficult terrain that has become our divided nation and community. 

From Creative Cauldron’s Founder Producing Artistic Director Laura Connors Hull: “At this challenging time of division and conflict, Creative Cauldron looks to creative artists for inspiration and healing. Each original offering in this series invites audiences to bear witness to a difficult conversation, and to open themselves to greater understanding of the harmful and seditious way that racism pervades in our society. With this pilot project, we begin our journey toward re-envisioning our role as theater makers and creative artists, and hopefully work toward a more diverse, inclusive and just artistic community.”

All Difficult Conversations readings are live streamed on Creative Cauldron’s YouTube channel from Creative Cauldron, 410 S Maple Avenue, Falls Church VA.  Tickets are free, RSVP required.

But Don’t Believe Them
by Mark Meadows and Michael Schwartz
April 9 at 7:30 pm

A 23 minute docu-concert is an artist’s statement from Mark G. Meadows; a black bicultural jazz musician speaking out about the Black Lives Matter Movement. This film shares Mark’s journey as he communicates through interviews and music his effort to awaken people to the need for the equality for black people living in America.

We Are Not A Monolith
by Lisa Hill-Corley
April 17 at 7:30 pm

There is more than one way to be black, to exist as a black person.  When does tradition or pride in heritage turn into a mandate on how to live?  A Conversation about how stereotypes are formed outside and within the black community.

It’s (Not) About the Constitution
by Jean P Bordewich
April 24 at 7:30 pm

Political conflict over race and power is tragically persistent in our history and searingly contemporary. When the battle is played out at the highest levels of government – in the impeachment of a president – the stakes couldn’t be higher, whether it’s 1868 or 2021.

Blight Flight
by Iyona Blake
April 30 at 7:30 pm

Erica is a single, African American mother of four and lives in an urban community. After renting her townhome for a few years, she is suddenly being displaced. Samantha, a Caucasian woman recently purchased the townhome next door with her family. As the two worlds come face to face, we will see how displacement, gentrification and racism impacts both families.

Difficult Conversations        

April 9– 30 2021
Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm

Creative Cauldron

Tickets are free, RSVP required   

About Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron is a non-profit arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Producing Director Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June of 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent home in ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible arts space that provides a venue for year-round classes, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibits. Programs are presented in part through grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Fairfax, the City of Falls Church and the Little City CATCH Foundation, and the Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts.

Creative Cauldron
410 South Maple Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22042