Drama students from Downers Grove South High School will perform award-winning playwright Idris Goodwin’s “Short Plays for an Antiracist Tomorrow” this Friday, February 19. The production will premiere on YouTube live starting at 7 p.m.; please click here for the link. The video will be available in its entirety after it airs.
“These plays are thought-provoking and relevant, and our student actors are thrilled with the opportunity to share their work with others,” said Jennifer Martinez, director of student activities South High. “We’re also encouraging our teachers to use the plays as teachable moments, and to dig deeper in exploring ways we can all combat racism.”
To foster conversation and understanding, South High Teachers Tiffany Rubin and Nathaniel Haywood created a teacher resource guide. It provides questions as well as links to additional information. Click here to see the guide.
One of the actors in the production is Aamari Taylor, a senior at South High. She was selected to be featured in the Woodridge Village Board's Black History Month video, which will include her original poem, “Imagine.” The video will debut at the Village’s meeting on Thursday, February 18. (Click here to view the performance)
The play is one of several ways for people to engage with one another during Black History Month. For example, the school has collected “quotes that spark conversation” and is sharing them on the social media channels @dgsactivities and @dgs_umoja. There is also a new podcast created by our Umoja club called “Young Voices for Unity” that explores a variety of topics on social justice, mental health and equity. See links to all resources here.