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The Incrementalist

Award-winning playwright Cleavon Smith (The Flats, an Aurora audio drama) was named Aurora’s Originate+Generate 2021 commissioned artist. In Smith’s world premiere play, Thomas, a highly regarded public intellectual and author, is brought to the University of California at Berkeley campus to help facilitate conversations concerning extrajudicial police violence. A member of the UCB Black Student Union was violently beaten by an officer while peacefully protesting and the students find themselves rejecting Thomas’ middle-ground, #NotAllCops rhetoric. Miriam and Raz, leaders of the BSU, want immediate action, radical reform, and are sick-and-tired of having to rely on a corrupt system for justice. Nina, the Vice Chancellor of the University, is caught between the demands of the students to shut Thomas down, and loyalty to Thomas, her dearest friend from graduate school.

Cleavon Smith is a “Rock star local playwright.”
— SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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Aurora Connects Season 4

Theatre is all about connection. While the measures we're all taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are necessary to save lives, they're also leaving us isolated at a time when we need human connection more than ever. At Aurora, there's not much we can do to directly address the pandemic, but even with our stage dark it remains our role to make connections between artists and audiences.

Aurora Connects is our monthly live broadcast featuring interviews with Aurora artists, important members of our community, and more. We stream Aurora Connects live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, allowing you to react, comment, ask questions, and engage in real-time. Have suggestions for Aurora Connects? Let us know what you want to see.

For more information on these artists: https://auroratheatre.org/auroraconnects

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Send us questions to answer or topics to discuss in future episodes, or ideas for what we can do. connects@auroratheatre.org

Aurora Theatre Company Staff: Josh Costello | Felicity Cowlin | Sharon Dolan | Dayna Kalakau | Karen Loccisano | Jenn Ruygt | Katherine Sanderlin | Nicole Schulz | David Shultz | Cameron Swartzell | Storm White | Dawn Monique Williams

AURORA CONNECTS Season 4 Episode 6 | Pivots in Pandemic Producing

Tomorrow on Aurora Connects, Josh and Dawn are joined by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Artistic Director Tim Bond and Barbara Hogden, Executive Director at the New Conservatory Theatre Center for an episode about pivots in producing theatre during a pandemic. We'll learn about each company and, setting aside covid, our guests' vision for them. We'll learn how TWSV and NCTC are handling omicron and how covid has impacted or changed our guests' visions for their companies. We'll ask our guests what they see happening in the near future for their companies and for the theatre industry, and what long-term changes they see happening due to this pandemic.

Join us TOMORROW at 5 p.m. for Aurora Connects!

Watch: https://bit.ly/AuroraConnectsS4E6

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We're hiring at Aurora Theatre Company!

We are currently looking for someone to join our small but mighty team of dynamic arts administrators to be our next Director of Development! Working closely with Artistic Director Josh Costello, Interim Managing Director Sharon Dolan, and the Board of Directors to lead and inspire staff and board members to achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals in support of the "ultimate intimate theatre experience."

Join Aurora and help us fulfill our mission as the storyteller for our community. For more information, go to auroratheatre.org/employment. Please share this with anyone you know who might be a great fit, and let us know if you have any questions!


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