Theatre of the Oppressed


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Sanctuary + Social Hall (including Front Lounge) + Kitchen
2124 Brewster Ave, Redwood City, CA, 94062

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All UUFRC members and friends are invited to attend this workshop sponsored by Fools Mission and led by Jiwon Chung, who teaches Art and Social Justice at Starr King School for the Ministry. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for movement.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale, and you can register on our Eventbrite page. Child care will be provided, and we will have prompt translation from English into Spanish.

Theatre of the Oppressed explores issues of power and authority in concrete ways that elicit real-life stories and solve problems as a group. The workshop will include exercises designed to promote solidarity and community. Together, we will learn more dignified and effective ways of responding to encounters with authority, such as supervisors at work, school districts, service providers, or police officers. Citizens and immigrants will hear one another’s stories, and everyone will come away changed by the experience.

We will learn about the oppressive structures and institutions of society, and how they distribute most of the pain to the margins—to those least able to resist. We will learn how oppressive systems colonize our minds, making us more susceptible to propaganda and the unchallenged assumptions of our culture. We will transform bystanders into actors by removing the “Fourth Wall” of traditional theatre and crowd-sourcing practical solutions for everyday life.