Washington Heights community faces issues of racism through theater

Mino Lora talks about how racism can be confronted through theater

"Our focal point is to use theatre as a tool to create social change," says Mino Lora, the Co-Excecuitve Director of The People's Theatre.

The idea is to take a real-life encounter of a racist encounter and transform it to a stage production presented to an audience.

Yet, unlike other plays, the audience members are not just spectators. The audience must find solutions to the problem presented to them.

"A lot of people in authority who see a Latino man walking at night coming from work, may think he's coming from a corner," says Peter Nunez, an actor who's real life encounter is being acted out on the stage.

Nunez was a teacher for the Department of Education. Though the play titled "Better Than You," the audience sees how Nunez dealt with a white Principal who didn't appreciate him speaking Spanish in the classroom. The principal belittled the teacher in the classroom in front of students, until Nunez eventually lost his job.

The diverse audience then discussed ways that this could have been handled differently and presented them to the entire crowd.
Different people from different backgrounds working together for a positive change.

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