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South Florida theater hosts public forums on social issues

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Island City Stage launched its free "Behind the Red Curtain" public forum series for its 10th anniversary season.

Plenty of theaters hold "talk-backs" to get audience feedback after shows — especially controversial ones.

But Island City Stage is hosting discussions on important issues for people who might never buy a ticket.

The Wilton Manors theater, which produces works focusing on LGBTQ+ issues, characters and relationships, launched its "Behind the Red Curtain" series of free public forums last year, to honor its 10th anniversary season.

The next one, titled “Bias and Racism in Our Culture – How do we evolve?” is scheduled for Tuesday, January 11. For those who can't attend, Island City Stage is videotaping the event and will make it available online.

The forum precedes the theater's world premiere of Andrew Kramer’s "Armature," debuting on January 27. The political thriller explores themes of racism and homophobia.

Island City Stage Artistic Director Andy Rogow feels it's important to hold the "Behind the Red Curtain" events outside of performance days, to open up timely discussions to non-theatergoers.

"It just gives more opportunities for community members to participate," said Rogow.

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Update Jan 12, 2022: This event has already passed.

IF YOU GO:

Island City Stage presents a
"Behind the Red Curtain" free public forum

“Bias and Racism in Our Culture – How do we evolve?”
Tuesday, January 11
6 - 7:30 p.m

Island City Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway
Wilton Manors, FL

Registration is required by visiting https://islandcitystage.org/behind-the-red-curtain-community-forum.