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National Tour of “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation” to be Performed at PC

The national tour of the play Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation will be performed in Providence College’s John Bowab Studio Theatre in the Smith Center for the Arts on Tuesday, October 16, at 7:00 p.m.

Open to the College community, the play is presented by Will & Company and uses six characters, portrayed by one actress, to illustrate diversity issues and challenges faced by the current generation of college students.

Elena Yee, director of the Balfour Office of Multicultural Activities, said she has seen the play several times before and recognized its relevance to PC.

“The characters in the play represent a diversity of issues and challenges that today’s college students are experiencing, as well as representing an intersection of identities that I found intriguing and thought-provoking. I felt that students at PC would feel the same as I do,” she said.

In addition to the Balfour office, the event is co-sponsored by more than a dozen academic departments, offices, and student organizations.

Exploring diversity in college

The theatre group Will & Company, based in Los Angeles, began primarily as a troupe dedicated to making Shakespeare accessible to under-represented communities. Over the years, its work has extended to include contemporary works that blend sociological and historical material with entertainment.

Colin Cox, director and writer of Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation, travels with actress Toyin Moses, who portrays the characters in the 65-minute, multimedia performance. 

• Two Spirit is a Native American who talks of the constant abuse she must endure as a transgender person off her reservation.

• Black Man Walking is a black graduate student who is falsely accused of a crime and discovers racism in the American justice system.

• Veiled Intent is a Muslim-American student who tackles the American prejudice against the hijab and the role of Arab-Americans in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks.

• Have Faith is a Christian student who examines the right to stand up for her faith on college campuses.

• Body Image is an Asian-American student who talks of her anorexia and the demands made on American women in terms of body image.

• Stigma is an autistic college student, a victim of cyberbullying, who asks for empathy for the intellectually disabled.

“The play advances PC’s mission by creating an opportunity for students to engage and respond to the diverse experiences of others and of themselves. My hope is that the play will encourage more respect for the dignity of each person, as well as cultivate intellectual and social growth among students through the arts,” said Yee.

— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14
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