PLACE to LAND (an oakland love story)
With the growing tech presence fanning the flames of the housing crisis, how can there be development without displacement in Oakland? What do Oakland’s histories of displacement, resistance, and change-making reveal about the path to a just future? And what does an ideal future look like for Oakland? Through community interviews, personal stories, original music, and physical exploration―and a deep dive into Oakland’s past―The Bonfire Makers will build a play that imagines what the future of Oakland could look like if we disrupt current cycles of oppression. By juxtaposing past and future, we will explore what "development," "urban renewal," and "health" have meant, do mean, and could mean and illuminate the concrete steps that can be taken to make a just future for all of Oakland a reality.
Our play―PLACE to LAND (an oakland love story)―will empower people who care about Oakland to dream big, see that the changes we long to see are wholly possible, and take action. Each performance will be followed by a community dialogue with audience members (which may feature a panel discussion with longtime residents, organizers, and others on the front lines of policy advocacy). Select performances will raise money for grassroots racial and economic justice organizations working hard for Oakland everyday, including our community partner Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a member-based organization that fights to end displacement in Oakland.
Performance Dates, Times, & Locations:
PREVIEW: Thursday, June 2nd @ 8 pm: The Flight Deck (1540 Broadway, Oakland)
OPENING: Saturday, June 4 @ 8 pm: InterPlayce (2273 Telegraph Ave, Oakland)
Sunday, June 5 @ 7 pm: SPUR Oakland (1544 Broadway, Oakland)
Thursday, June 9 @ 8 pm: The Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland)
Friday, June 10 @ 8 pm, Studio Grand (3234 Grand Ave, Oakland)
Saturday, June 11 @ 8 pm, Sole Space (1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland)
ACCE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE: Sunday, June 12 @ 3 pm & 7 pm, The Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland)
Tickets: $15-$35, sliding scale. Each performance is also pay-what-you-can at the door: nobody turned away for lack of funds.