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Our Common Lot a staged reading of the play by David W. Grant

October 18

2:00 PM
Centene Center for Arts and Education
3547 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103

SATE and Prison Performing Arts are hosting a staged reading of “Our Common Lot” by David W. Grant.

This short play will be presented later this year at the International Conference on Sortition and Democracy in Alexandria, Egypt.

Marisa, Alma, Sami, and Ali live in a city embroiled in conflict and violence - the Regime, the Opposition, the Opposition to the Opposition. When the fighting stops, what’s the best way to move forward? “Our Common Lot” argues for sortition as a means of a two-legged democracy.

In governance, sortition (also known as allotment) is the selection of officers as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates. In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was the primary method for appointing political officials and its use was regarded as a principal characteristic of democracy.

Following the reading, Rachel Tibbetts, a RAC Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute alumnae, will facilitate a talkback using the Liz Lehrman critical response process.

The ensemble includes Adam Flores, Carl Overly, Jr., Erin Roberts, and Jacqueline Thompson

OCL cast

This event is free and open to the public made possible in part by the Steve Nelson Memorial Playwrights Fund of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation.

About the Playwright: David Grant brings more than four decades of dedication to political and community affairs. After obtaining a Master of Fine Arts from the U of Iowa's Writer's Workshop he became a producer-director for public television. Thereafter followed: self-sufficient homesteader; Peace Corps agroforester with upland aboriginals; executive director of community organizing group specializing in "The Listening Project"; founder of "Peace Troupe" (nonviolent action through the cultural arts); educator and trainer of nonviolent political engagement for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation; and a director of Nonviolent Peaceforce providing unarmed protection of civilians in conflict zones around the world.

Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble (SATE) is an ensemble-based theatre company comprised of artists from varying disciplines devoted to on-going training, the telling of stories through an exploration of words, movement, and sound, educational outreach, and the creation and development of new theatrical works and the revisiting of established works as an ensemble.

Prison Performing Arts (PPA) is a 22-year-old, multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program that serves incarcerated adults and children at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center, Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, Northeastern Correctional Center (NECC) in Bowling Green, MO, Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, MO and Missouri Eastern Correctional Center (MECC) in Pacific, MO.