LASC Theater Students Presents "George Floyd" Project

Posted on: 03/04/2021

Los Angeles Southwest College’s theater students have created a powerful and haunting piece of theater with their new virtual project titled "George Floyd." The award-winning theater program will show the virtual performance publicly for the first time at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, online. All are invited to watch this impactful peformance.

The students started creating the work right after the tragic death of George Floyd in 2020 following a fateful traffic stop in Minneapolis.The question that the students' wrestled with was “How do we cope with the murder of George Floyd - emotionally, politically and spiritually as human beings and Americans?”The answer lies in the project.

The "George Floyd" project is a combination of text, movement, and music, all woven into a ritual of release and healing. The theater program, also known as the LASC Experimental Theater Laboratory, works with ancestral trauma, healing, and a ritual of understanding in their work - to bring awareness and social justice to the world. The piece speaks to deep trauma and honoring those who have fallen in the African-American community.

 "This is a truly moving piece performed by our dedicated students," said Jonathan Evans, LASC's Associate Professor, who oversees the program. "Rather than focus on the police brutality, the students chose to honor the life and ancestry of George Floyd."

Earlier in February, the students presented "George Floyd" at the Region 8 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and were awarded "Outstanding Ensemble." Philip Valle, an artist and respondent at the festival, commented: "It's a sharp and harsh political statement, but, at the same time, a heartbreaking and haunting piece of art."LASC Experimental Theatre Lab has been awarded the “Outstanding Ensemble” honor for five years in a row at the Region 8 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

LASC students Craig Mitchell Sherman and Philip Jones, Jr., were also honored at the festival. Sherman was awarded a scholarship to the summer arts program at California State University, Fresno, and the Performing Arts and Jones was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award from Region 8 for his ongoing dedication to the LASC's Experimental Theatre Lab.

 Watch LASC's performance of "George Floyd" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at hopin.com/events/life-of-george-floyd.