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Join Our Troupe of “Actor-vists!”

Do you love creative theatre projects and have a passion for social activism? Then let us introduce you to the term “Actor-vist”! Our mission at Issue Box Theatre is to operate at the intersection of theatre and social justice; using our talents and our platform for the advancement of human rights, amplifying marginalized voices, and breaking the shackles of shame
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The Willard Suitcases

“In 1995, a handful of forgotten suitcases were discovered in the recently closed Willard Psychiatric Center in upstate New York, untouched since their owners checked in many years before. Inspired by the photographs of these bags taken by Jon Crispin, The Willard Suitcases is a world-premiere musical that imagines the lives that packed these bags, some funny, some strange, some tragic,
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Spring Awakening

In the show Spring Awakening, the father of the rapist, tells the mother of the raped girl that she shouldn’t let her daughter play in haylofts. And we thought victim-blaming was a new thing. The director Becca Martin has a great concept for this show.
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Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

November 29th & 30th, 2019 Toledo Repertoire Theatre An elegy is a poetic writing honoring the dead. “Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens” is a musical review, written during the heart of the AIDS crisis, which does just that; it shares with the audience the types of stories of those we’ve lost to AIDS-related illness and offers hope for
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I Want You to See Me 2024 — Story Submissions Now Open!

A short film, amplifying the voices of lived marginalized experiences. The “I Want You to See Me” Project is a collaborative Virtual Viewing Performance that is inclusive of various lived experiences and stories. This short film aims to amplify the real voices and stories of those who have been silenced by their communities or societies.  You can join us for
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Every Brilliant Thing

September 19, 2019 Every Brilliant Thing is a story about a seven-year old child who was taken to the hospital to see their mother after her first attempt to take her own life. This event prompts the Storyteller to make a list. A play by Duncan McMillan with Johnny Donahoe. Presented by license with Dramatists Play Service. It is a
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Stephen Sondheim’s Company

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Next to Normal

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Remember Me

3 Hour CEU Training For Dementia Caregivers & Social Workers Training will include the full viewing of the play, “Remember Me”; an overview of dementia; discussion with caregivers and professionals working with dementia; and talk back with actors, writer, and director about the unique artistic opportunity to raise awareness about the stigmas associated with dementia. Based on a play by
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Imagine That! Program

Improving well-being through creativity, laughter and meaningful interaction Issue Box Theatre’s Imagine That! programs increase the quality of engagement with seniors experiencing dementia, including residents in assisted living and memory care facilities; and participants in recovery programs. Issue Box Theatre collaborates with community partners who provide resources for specific issues. Some of our partners include Toledo YMCA and Salvation Army’s
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