Theater: A Beacon for Social Change: Before it Hits Home’s Effect on the African American and The Savannah College of Art and Design Campus Community
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Performing Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Performing Arts
Includes bibliographical references (p.37-38).
For my thesis I choose to direct the play Before it Hits Home by Cheryl L. West. Cheryl L. West noticed that due to a lack of information in the African American community about HIV/AIDS, men and women of color were dying. She wrote Before it Hits Home, telling the story of a man fighting to gain redemption after finding out that he has been infected with HIV/AIDS. I believe she created this play to tell the stories of African American men and women who were living with this disease and to give them a voice. She used her gift of writing to bring awareness to the African American community. After reading this play I realized the power that theatre has to bring about social change. This play awakened a hunger in me to use my talents to spark conversation and bring awareness to the SCAD and Savannah populations. Inspired to join Cheryl L. West in the fight against AIDS in the African American community I decided use my skills as a director to tell the story again. With research and analysis as my foundation, Before it Hits Home as my guide, and a performance of the show as evidence. I will show that a person can use their medium to spark social change and bring awareness to the issue of HIV/AIDS.
CHAIR: Storck, David
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