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Gentrified was a piece of documentary theater commissioned by First Person Arts and WHYY as part of their series CommonSpace.

The play featured Freya Zork, Ociele Hawkins and Mo Burroughs, each telling their personal personal stories of gentrification and displacement.

The stories covered ground from South Philadelphia to Chicago to post-Katrina New Orleans.

I directed this piece and worked with the performers to devise and theatricalize the text. JD Stokely assistant directed, acted as dramaturg, and also performed in the piece as an unnamed fourth character.

The show played to a sold-out house at FringeArts. Audio and text were used for WHYY's CommonSpace radio program. We invited representatives from the Women's Community Revitalization Project to table at the performance, providing audiences with information about their work. 

Photos by Johanna Austin

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