The Peace Education Center welcomes back to mid-Michigan the radical troupe, Insurgent Theatre, from Columbus, Ohio, for a one-night-only performance of its daring original play BEHIND THE BADGE. The performance will be on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing, Michigan. The event is free and open to the public.
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Insurgent Theatre brings audiences behind the badge of a neighborhood liaison officer, using stripped down, interactive and a radical analysis to peer into the inner life of a man in blue.
Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging, and useful for those who confront the U.S. police state and global capitalist empire. The troupe was founded in 2003 and has toured the country since 2008. Lansing-area audiences enjoyed the company’s earlier highly charged, energetic productions, IN THE BELLY (2011) and ULYSSES’ CREWMAN (2009).
BEHIND THE BADGE was written by Ben Turk, who also plays the lead character. The production is directed by Kate Pleuss. A community discussion with Turk and Pleuss about prison conditions will immediately follow the play. Donations for the production will be accepted with half of all funds raised supporting prisoner resistance.
“Insurgent Theatre brings a unique, intimate, and challenging experience to the audience,” said Tom Rico, co-chair of the Peace Education Center. “The previous two productions were unforgettable and we anticipate that BEHIND THE BADGE will be no different.”
Further information from Insurgent Theatre about BEHIND THE BADGE can be found at insurgenttheatre.org. Event information is available from the Peace Education Center by phone at 517-515-5634.