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Billy Butler and 3S Artspace present Barbara Hammond's: We Are Pussy Riot



Billy Butler and 3S Artspace present Barbara Hammond's play:
We Are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R.
Saturday, November 9
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$20 Members / $22 ADV / $25 DOS
Seated 


Ticket holders are invited to remain in the Performance Space after at the conclusion of the performance for a 30 minute talk-back on themes and concepts raised in the show, featuring UNH's Civil Discourse Lab, Avalon North, and ACLU of New Hampshire.* 



"....part political play, part punk performance, all ecstatic!" -- Emily Morse, New Dramatists

Synopsis:
In February 2012, five young women walked into the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow to protest the illegal presidential election in Russia. The young activists, who called themselves Pussy Riot, offered up a 48-second punk prayer, shouting, “Virgin Mary, chase Putin away!” before being dragged out of the church by security. After uploading a video of the performance onto YouTube, the women of Pussy Riot were arrested as enemies of church and state. But when Western media reclaimed the story, Pussy Riot’s protest became the greatest piece of performance art in Russian history.

Barbara Hammond's, We Are Pussy Riot (or Everything is P.R.) is straight up punk rock theatre. It is about two linked incidents in contemporary Russia: the trial of three members of the Pussy Riot collective and the imprisonment of a history teacher on a hunger strike following his arrest for participating in “the 6th of May” protests in Bolotnaya Square that same year.



As part of 3S Artspace's mission to support emerging artists and leverage the power of the arts to create positive change in our communities, 3S Artspace is proud to partner with Billy Butler to present "We Are Pussy Riot" and provide an outlet that speaks for civil liberty through this timely piece of work.

Contains graphic language. For mature audiences only.

Ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Additional performances:
November 7
November 8

Billy Butler is partially sponsored by WaterMonkey.


 

*About UNH's Civil Discourse Lab:
The Civil Discourse Lab at the University of New Hampshire (established Nov. 2017 by co-directors Jennifer Borda and Renee Heath, Department of Communication), locates communication practices in the relationship between civility, academic freedom, and freedom of expression in the classroom, within administration, and on campus. We launched the Lab with the expressed mission to integrate pedagogy, scholarship and praxis “to strengthen the ability of our students and community members to conduct meaningful conversations, collaborate, and make decisions about sometimes difficult but important topics to a civil society.”

We believe that our democracy requires more people who value (and also research, teach, and practice) these abilities especially in this time of deep partisanship, discord, and tribalism. We do this in part through our curriculum, which teaches dialogue, public dialogue, deliberation, propaganda, persuasion and public problems, conflict mediation, and collaboration. 

Each semester, 25-50 students and alumni affiliate with the Lab by attending approved extracurricular lectures on topics that build their knowledge and empathy on difficult issues, equity, and power relationships, while also informing their praxis of engaging in and facilitating difficult conversations. Affiliates also are trained and volunteer their time to design deliberative dialogues and facilitate discussions on and off campus.  Click here to learn more about the Civil Discourse Lab.

 
About Avalon North:
Avalon North is an educational and philanthropic organization founded by women for women. The mission of our private social club and community gathering space is to provide creative respite from the world of patriarchal madness and to encourage the intellectual, political, and emotional growth of every woman in our community. Click here to learn more about Avalon North.

About the ACLU-NH:
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.  ACLU-NH’s mission stems from our core commitment to equality and reflects our decades-long work to fight discrimination on behalf of all people including those of all faiths; immigrant communities; people of color; women; and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary people. Click here to learn more about ACLU.