Passage Theatre Company received a 2019 MAP Fund project grant for the development of its OK Trenton Project, inspired by a censored sculpture created by Trenton students in August 2017. Passage’s grant application was one of 44 selected out of more than a thousand other proposals from organizations across the United States.
In August 2017, a sculpture named Helping Hands, created by 16 Trenton students ages 12-15 during a summer camp led by HomeFront, was removed from public view after concerns that the sculpture resembled a gang sign. City officials required that the sculpture be moved. The incident led to community discussions about censorship, artistic interpretation, gentrification, and poverty.
The OK Trenton Project is a two-year play development process that will culminate in a documentary style production on Passage’s stage in 2021.
The artistic team includes past Passage performers, current and past Passage staff, and local artists: Richard Bradford (Salt Pepper Ketchup and To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton), C. Ryanne Domingues (Passage Artistic Director), Bruce Lindsay (Sculptor), Tectonic Theater Project (creators of the critically acclaimed Laramie Project), Johanna Tolentino (Morir Sonyando), David Lee White (Passage’s former Associate Artistic Director and resident playwright).
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