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Collaboraction sets out to bring a play about city violence to Chicago’s most violence-plagued ’hoods.
When Collaboraction artistic director Anthony Moseley conceived Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, he sought “to use theater to make people feel the pain and trauma happening on our streets.” The gritty, episodic drama, which weaves together scenes depicting three true violent crimes and the aftermath of grief and confusion, ended its run at the 17-year-old company’s theater in the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park April 7. But Moseley says his plan all along was “to make a show and bring it to the city, to the neighborhoods most affected by violent crime.”
To that end, Moseley launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $15,000 to fund a summer jaunt to churches, community centers, parks and schools on the South and West Sides. To cater to young and low-income audiences, the shows will be free.
As in Crime Scene’s initial run, performances will be followed by a sort of town hall. “The show at its best is a catalyst for a great discussion about violence that we need to have as a city,” Moseley says. “Why it’s happening, why people are so apathetic—and a chance for people to look at their assets and figure out how to get involved.”
Contribute to Crime Scene’s local tour through May 10 at igg.me/at/CrimeSceneTour.