Now You Can Bring Us To You
Here at Power Street, we put our focus on storytelling, playwright’s text, and our community. All of our shows have minimal technical needs and can travel easily from our street to yours.
All booked performances include post-show audience conversations facilitated by one of our resident artists. For educational settings, Power Street has extended lesson plans available. Each Power Street show is connected to contemporary themes and dialogue – making them perfect for those studying history, sociology, anthropology, gender dynamics, and public policy.
When the local University begins to buy houses in the barrio, the landscape of a diverse neighborhood starts to change. Block by block residents are pushed out of their homes, and the fabric of the community unravels. Exploring what it means to be a ‘minority' in modern-day America, Erlina Ortiz’s MinorityLand is not about who is right or who is wrong - it’s about who has the power...
In this journey through time, four famous Latinas of history emerge. Marlene, a workaholic engineer, has become the only womxn at her firm promoted to manager. After a devastating encounter, reality fades away and her kitchen becomes a party. The guests? Frida Kahlo, Rita Hayworth, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Minerva Mirabal. Don’t know them? You will. These remarkable womxn share their stories of art and revolution as they attempt to wake Marlene up.
Erlina's play explores the healing of one Latinx family and the inter-generational, complexities of domestic violence and the silence of trauma. Genesis, proud to have survived her family’s dysfunction is working her way through an Ivy League education. When her estranged mother, Paloma, is released from prison – Genesis is forced to confront her past. Traveling through the past, present, and future – Morir Sonyando brings to light both destruction and healing.
She Wore Those Shoes
Yudy is a strong and confident young Latina who excitedly joins the armed forces in pursuit of the military pride and prowess - just like her respected older brother Abraham. Yudy’s high regard for her military family is tarnished in the aftermath of trauma. Memory, cadence, and unexpected humor come together in Yudy’s journey through silence, disbelief, and betrayal as she navigates life as a womxn of color veteran striving to be more than just another statistic in America’s pervasive rape culture.
What are invisible disAbilities? How can you tell if you have one – or the person next to you? This immersive journey explores the gray area of having an invisible disability in a world of black and white. These personal stories are vulnerable, and as such may be triggering to some audience members.
Out of Orbit
Power and privilege go hand in hand - each is a difficult thing to give up. The imbalance of these power dynamics in our society has isolated us like a planet out of orbit. Three artists explore the lost ties that bind us, envision a society where humans learn to work together and lament our floating through space – lost. Told through three generations of stories, poetry, and dance, Power Street investigates what it really means to be on top, and why so many are afraid to fall.
Kiss of Addixion
School student audiences join Power Street down the yellow brick road to Emerald Street, where they meet King Oz in his fever dream. The Kiss of Addixion dives deep into the working thoughts of people and communities impacted by health injustice. This dynamic ensemble takes audiences on a journey through several different perspectives, and invites them to investigate the complexities of substance abuse.
"The opportunity to attend Morir Sonyando was incredible for our students from Olney Charter High School. The students had never seen a play performed live..Several of the students who came are English Language Learners who are emergent bilinguals. Seeing a play performed in Spanish and English was eye-opening for them--they expressed excitement about seeing a professional play performed in multiple languages. The subject matter was also compelling. Immediately after the play, students started talking about their own experiences witnessing domestic violence. Seeing professional actors take this subject matter seriously opened the door for them to see their own experiences as part of larger structural issues, and allowed them to share with each other. They left the theater feeling bigger and seeing themselves as the tellers of stories...I look forward to how students who saw the performance will be able to use what they learned to bring their own experiences and ideas into the limelight to share important topics with others."
- Educator at Olney High School
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PST is fiscally sponsored by the Culture Trust of Greater Philadelphia.