Social Issues Anthology on Stage at GCC

Written by on February 19, 2019

The cast during rehearsals, courtesy of Genesee Community College

Press Release:

What: Social Issues Anthology on Stage at GCC

When: Thursday, March 7, Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee, March 10, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Where: Genesee Community College, Stuart Steiner Theatre ~ Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia NY 1420

Who: All are invited and welcome!


The Forum Players of Genesee Community College will perform “Encounters: A Social Issues Anthology” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9, 2019 and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on March 10, 2019. This anthology, directed by Norman R. Gayford, professor of English, is a collection of five short pieces, with poetry interludes, that use stories to explore a variety of issues facing society today.

1. The Unspoken 200, written by Ehinomen Okojie of Winston-Salem, NC, attempts to reverse the desensitization that results from using hashtags to summarize tragedies, while telling the story of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 female students their school in Nigeria.
2. Save the Date, written by Caity-Shea Violette of Boston, MA, shows the play’s main character, Andrea, just hours before her wedding, meeting her estranged lover in a park. In a tug-of-war between passion and timing, they explore the expiration date of “the one that got away.”
3. Sister, written by Kita Mehaffy of Santa Fe, NM, tells the story of Andréa, down on her luck, who sees Alex in the park early one Sunday morning. Looking for signs of humanity in a woman who had previously looked right through her, Andréa says “Sometimes being invisible wears on a girl.”
4. Summer Storms, written by Jaisey Bates of Los Angeles, CA, was inspired by two phrases: “they were dancing” and “I had a dream, but now I’m woke.” These words, created in the wake of the tragedies that took place during the summer of 2016 “support mutual healing, strengthened community and positive change,” Bates said.
5. Boulder Holder, written and performed by Crystal Jackson of Pacific Grove, CA, is a powerful one-minute scene about violence in schools.

Encounters will also be performed at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 for students at GCC’s Batavia campus.

Tickets for these shows in the Stuart Steiner Theatre are $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (55+) and students (16+) and GCC faculty/ staff. GCC students with ID are $3, and GCC alumni with ID will receive a $2 discount on an adult ticket. To reserve seats, contact the GCC box office at or (585) 345-6814.

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