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Zooman and The Sign + Story Circle

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The Negro Ensemble Company, one of the nation’s oldest Black theater companies, performs Zooman and the Sign at Penn Live Arts this February 15–18. Zooman, written by Philadelphia-born playwright Charles Fuller and first staged in 1979, depicts a Black family in Philadelphia as they mourn the tragic shooting death of an adolescent girl and wrestle with what it means to seek justice within and outside their immediate community.

Penn Live Arts, in partnership with the SNF Paideia Program, will be offering an opportunity for audience members to engage in dialogue in response to Zooman and the Sign following the Saturday, February 17, 2024 matinee showing of the play at 2pm. Small-group Story Circles will be guided by facilitators during this post dialogue.

Story Circles are a dialogue model rooted in the Free Southern Theater and based on the equitable sharing of personal experiences related to a given theme. Dr. Sarah Ropp, Dialogue Director of the SNF Paideia Program, will be providing general facilitation to introduce all participants to the format and lend support to small groups. Please contact Sarah Ropp at sropp@upenn.edu for any questions.

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