Encore Stage & Studio’s Flip the Script project engaged local students to develop an original theatre piece focused on Arlington, Virginia’s African American voices. The Day Nothing Happened, is a 45-minute production reflecting the emotional journey of Ronald Deskins, Michael Jones, Lance Newman, Gloria Thompson, and their community as they integrated Stratford Junior High School in 1959, the first school in Virginia to be integrated.
Theatre is a powerful tool for examining the past and discerning intersections with the present. Encore Stage & Studio’s Flip the Script has worked with local students over the past three months to develop an original theatre piece focused on Arlington, Virginia’s African American voices. Incorporating both historical and modern narratives, the performance will enrich understanding of our shared local history while sparking dialogue within our community.
Originally performed at Theatre On The Run, with support from Virginia Humanities, the show will now be performing as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage series. The event will also be broadcast live to YouTube.