The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective commissioned St. Louis playwright and Story Stitchers artist in residence Lauron Thompson to write and direct the Saint Louis Story Stitchers first play, Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace. The play features original hip hop music by Story Stitchers artist in residence K.P. Dennis. The play is based on a youth-led discussion with police and civic leaders on gun violence. The discussion was funded in part by the Institute for Public Health. Topics such as trauma, legal rights, and police shootings were explored in an open and respectful manner. The discussion video is free for all to utilize.
The discussion was transcribed and a book is in production with foreword by Jason Q. Purnell, PhD, MPH, from Washington University’s Brown School, due to be released in March, 2017. Not Another One! is dedicated to those lost and impacted by gun violence.
The play will take place at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s new .ZACK performing arts venue at 3224 Locust in the Grand Center Arts District. A free afternoon matinee for youth and students and a ticketed evening performance are planned for Saturday, February 25th, 2017.
The 2:00 performance is free for youth with a chaperone at the door, $10 for Adults.
The 7:00 pm performance $10 for Students and Seniors and $15 Adults. Tickets are available at Metro Tix or at the door. The play is appropriate for children for 5 years and up.
After each performance Lt. Perri Johnson, Commander of the Juvenile Division of the ST. Louis Metropolitan Police Dept, is planning to take part in a respectful youth-led Q&A with the audience. The play is about a 35 minute show with Q&A another 20-30 minutes.
About the Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective
The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling. The mission of Saint Louis Story Stitchers is to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Collective artists work alongside twenty 15-24-year-old urban youth living in economically disadvantaged areas to collect stories, reframe and retell them using the arts to promote a better educated, more peaceful and caring society.
Event Sponsors: Kranzberg Arts Center, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Steward Family Foundation, Regional Arts Commission