CLAREMONT — Nov. 8th will mark the second collaboration between Amplified Arts , a collaborative arts venue in Downtown Claremont and TLC Family Resource Center, a nonprofit serving children, youth, and families with a wide range of free programming.
Back in the Spring of 2018, AMP and TLC partnered to produce “The Laramie Project,” a theatrical piece about the Matthew Shepard murder and its effect on the community of Laramie, Wyo. The event included a panel discussion following the live production by AMP’s Teen Academy program. The production would go on to be nominated for three New Hampshire Theatre Awards and would win for Best Actor In a Youth Production in 2019.
This time, AMP and TLC are working together to bring the story of the community that was impacted by the Sandy Hook School Shooting in 2012 with a stage reading of 26 Pebbles to be followed by a community conversation. Six actors from AMP’s adult Company will take on 19 roles in a stripped down version of 26 Pebbles written by Eric Ulloa.
Similar in style to “The Laramie Project,” the playwright conducted interviews with members of the community in Newtown, Conn., and crafted them into an exploration of the impact of gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event.
“This is an important piece of theatre that AMP is honored to bring to our small stage. Our goal is to start a conversation about mental health and the impact this kind of violence has on a community as well as finding resilience and hope in the face of such violence.
“We are looking forward to working with TLC again through a program that brings our community together to see impactful arts at work. The unpacking of what this production means to us as artists and as a community that has struggled with mental health, drug and community violence issues, is an important conversation to have as a community,” says Shelly Hudson Producing Artist Director of Amplified Arts.
TLC Executive Director Maggie Monroe-Cassel says, “I am pleased for another partnership in which we use an art form to have a community conversation about the serious public health issue that gun violence creates and its impact on families.”
The performance is presented through an arrangement with Samuel French, opens Nov 8th at 7 p.m. and Nov 9th at 4 p.m. at Amplified Arts intimate theatre space in downtown Claremont. Tickets are $12 General Public, $10 for AMP Members and will be on sale mid-October.