Proclamation 5: True That wrestles with the complex concept of truth in modern society. When the tangible is questioned and subjective opinion and misinformation are treated as fact, how can we find truth, and what do we do with it once we’ve found it? The ensemble of Proclamation 5: True That grapples with truth in a devised production brimming with humor, movement, and most importantly, honesty.
Proclamation is the A.R.T.’s annual performance and writing program for area high school students. An ensemble of rising high school juniors and seniors explore an urgent topic while developing an original theater piece. Through dialogues with experts from the community, creative writing, immersive research projects and group improvisation, the resulting performance digs deep into the personal, the political, and the call to act.
Six students across Greater Boston have collaborated after school with A.R.T. artists over the past eight weeks. They have explored the very urgent concept of “truth” and created a theater piece inspired by their discoveries, under the direction of Marissa Roberts (AcousticaElectronica), assisted by Denise Farai Williams (A.R.T. Institute ’00), and James Montaño (A.R.T. Institute ’17). This is a tuition-free program and ensemble-members are paid a stipend upon completion of the project.