While science fiction is a great format for social commentary; the theatre is an excellent format for awareness and change.

The Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY is joining with six l groups from the Albany area for a presentations of “8:46” each.

The production takes its name from the death of George Floyd and the length of time that a Minneapolis police officer held his knee to Floyd’s neck.

Beginning June 30, the seven groups will present a production via Facebook Live that will last just eight minutes and 46 seconds.  The Public Access Channels in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy will also carry the productions.

A live talkback is also scheduled after the productions via Zoom.  The link will be provided on Facebook once the presentation has begun.

The Black Theatre Troup of Upstate NY; as well as, the other six organizations have a long standing record of producing works by artists of colour and with actors of colour.

The presentation is free but all donations to the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region are welcome and encouraged.  Donations can be made by texting BTTUNY to 41444.

The productions included in the presentation are:
BTTUNY presents “The Nub of the Issue” by Barbara Jordan with Barbara Howard and Tony Pallone.

Acting with Aaron presents “The Eyez in the Wall” by Aaron Moore with Majestic Tillman, Zoe Lewis, and Danielle Collins.

The Capital Repertory Theatre presents “Night Vision” by Dominique Morisseau with Kevin Craig West and Susan Spain.

The Creative Action Unlimited presents “Privilege” by Michael Kennedy.

The Illuminate Theatre presents “8 Ways to Say Goodbye” with Moriah Edmunds.

The Troy Foundry Theatre presents “A Memo on White Fagility” by Katie Pedro with David Girard, Kelly Artis, Niya Colbert, Emily Curro, Ethan Botwick, Ryay Malcolm, and Christian Steward.

The Park Playhouse Inc. presents a selection from “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” by Lanie Robertson with Gina-Simone Pemberton and Brandon Jones.