Claire Jamison, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Power of People Combined (POPC), Sophia Zukoski, Co-Artistic Director of POPC, and curator/playwright, Evan Starling-Davis, are collaborating to create Monuments—a sociopolitical, experimental, full-length play commenting on history and education in America via the interrogation of commemorative statues. The project utilizes a multidisciplinary theatrical lens of Afrosurrealism in order to explore how history is taught and lost in traditional classroom settings, as well as American society at large. Influenced from the writing and directorial styles of Suzan-Lori Parks and Caryl Churchill, Monuments navigates narrative, and the fantastical, to create a environment rooted in the weird, sweet, and militant.
MONUMENTS: a morality play follows the story of Avery Mann—a young mind of the academy— navigating his inescapable death within the system. His guardians fail to prepare him for his purpose. Teachers, peers, and authority misunderstand him. For while his curiosity of truth places a target on his back, it also places a target the ones responsible. He dreams of revolution and revolutions require blood: by any means necessary.