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Students want to teach community “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes”

This is not a play. This is not a lecture. This is not an interactive workshop, a theatre piece or a public conversation. Sojourn Theatre’s “How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” is all of these things. The performances will take place at the HopKins Black Box, 137 Coates Hall at LSU. Performances are Friday, Feb. 21, at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Bryan McCann, assistant professor of communication studies at LSU, explained, “The performance will bring activists, experts and other members of the Baton Rouge and LSU communities together to discuss strategies to combat poverty in our community.” 

“How to End Poverty in 60 Minutes” is a performance project co-produced with LSU students and faculty from the Department of Communication Studies. It challenges audiences with the question: how do you attack the problem of poverty in America? Audiences will listen, explore, and choose how to spend money generated from the performance’s box office donations. The performance is an experiment in dialogue, collective decision-making, and the potential for art to make the world a better place.

A number of local organizations will play an active role during the performance. Organizations like the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, or BRYC, and Louisiana State Youth Opportunities Unlimited, or LSYOU, will work with performers and audience members to grapple with issues that the Baton Rouge community is currently facing.

Suzan Gaston, director of LSYOU, an organization that provides the tools and support for at-risk high school students to succeed, said that creating a forum space will benefit the organizations involved, as well as the greater Baton Rouge community. 

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact LSU’s Department of Communication Studies at 225-578-4172.

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