Nation In Crisis

Written/Directed by Keith McGill
Performed by Jacqui Blue

January 16, 2021 @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm
February 6, 2021 @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Nation In Crisis is an interactive show that transports audiences to pivotal moments from the Civil Rights Era, using performance to open a door into history and forge a path for change and empowerment.

“Civil Rights history is always being created. It’s from our past – and in our present. I wrote Nation In Crisis to bring history forward so we can learn about it and learn from it – and learn how not to repeat it.”

-Keith McGill, Writer/Director of Nation In Crisis

The show features Jacqui Blue portraying various witnesses to historical events: the formation of the Tuskegee Airmen, the desegregation of Little Rock High School, the death of Emmett Till, the Greensboro Sit-Ins, The Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Voting Rights Act, and the speeches of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X.

This Commonwealth Theatre Center original production serves as a catalyst for urgent discourse & change in our current social landscape. Nation In Crisis introduces audiences to the human side of history, encouraging people to think deeply about the content and form their own framework for understanding. In asking viewers to dig deep & recognize their own commonalities with the past, present, and future, Nation In Crisis also illustrates the need for engagement in a time when opportunities for engagement are so scarce.

CTC will present virtual public performances of Nation in Crisis via Zoom on Jan 16 (2pm & 7pm) and Feb 6 (2pm & 7pm). Immediately following each performance, we’ll host a conversation among the audience, performer Jacqui Blue, and writer/director Keith McGill. We’ll also invite special guests who are attuned to the community zeitgeist, as well as a moderator who guide the focus of the conversation & provide provocative questions to elevate understanding & encourage involvement in the discussion.

Tickets: $10 per screen (with the option to add an additional donation to your purchase. All donations will support Commonwealth Theatre Center).