How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes

with Sojourn Theatre

May 10-20, 2018

Lee Center for the Arts

-$6 students; $10 faculty/staff/alumni; $12 general admission

HOW TO END POVERTY IN 90 MINUTES


HOW DO WE ATTACK THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY IN AMERICA, WITH A LENS SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON OUR COMMUNITY?

May 10-20, 2018

Preview: May 9, 2018
Opening: May 10, 2018
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (HTEP), an interactive performance event developed by the innovative, award winning Sojourn Theatre in Portland, Oregon makes its Seattle premier in May 2018 at Seattle University.

Comprised of scenes, monologues, participation, media, dances, and music, this unique theater experience is a partnership between Seattle U students and faculty and Sojourn Theatre’s artists. The format of the show engages the audience in a discussion of approaches to fighting poverty currently being utilized in the U.S.

At each one of the eight performances, $1,000 in cash is brought onstage for the audience to decide how to spend it - how do they want to combat poverty in Seattle? At the end of every performance, the $1,000 is indeed spent.

The show is an experiment in dialogue, in collective decision-making, in shared responsibility, and in the potential for art to help us make our world a better place. The show’s plot is not a single story, but the journey of strangers (the audience) making a decision about how to best engage with a seemingly intractable and complex public issue.

Spectacularly eclectic in form, often delightful and occasionally uncomfortable, How to End Poverty engages audiences alongside community experts. Come spend with us.

Lee Center for the Arts

$6 students; $10 faculty/staff/alumni; $12 general admission

Tickets on sale at the Lee Center Box Office | 206-296-2244 | Wednesday-Friday 1:30-6:00 PM or online. (Online sales start closer to the performance dates)

Box Office & Ticket Information:

Unless otherwise noted below, tickets for theatre productions are $6 for students, $8 for faculty/staff, and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Lee Center Box Office or by phone (206) 296-2244. The Box Office is open Wed-Sat 1:00-6:00 pm and one hour prior to every performance.

For a complete listing of events please visit the Arts at Seattle U calendar:

Contacts

Ki Gottberg, MFA
Chair
206.296.5363
ki@seattleu.edu

Rosie Sabaric
Program Coordinator
206.296.5360
sabaricr@seattleu.edu 

Em Olson
Operations Manager
206.296.2340
olsonem@seattleu.edu

 

 

 

Connecting Art and Community

Sojourn Theatre’s How to End Poverty in 90 minutes (with 69 people you may or may not know) is a devised, community specific participatory theatre event that explores issues of poverty and democracy by allocating $1,000 from the box office at every performance to a local organization that fights poverty.

The audience decides where the money goes. The show’s plot is not a single story, but the journey of strangers (the audience) making a decision about how to best engage with a seemingly intractable and complex public issue.

The production, created after a year of research and community partner-building opened in May 2013 at Northwestern University. Since then, Sojourn has mounted productions in Baton Rouge (at LSU), Portland, Oregon (at regional theater Portland Playhouse), Big Sky, Montana (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center) among others.

As of January 2018, Sojourn and presenting partners we have currently, re-purposed over $70,000 from the arts economy towards the poverty reduction economy across 6 states where the show has been presented. HTEP is a developed manifestation of an aesthetic that blends adventurous theatricality with real time, task-based connective encounter amidst strangers.