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Artists respond to gun control need with free drama and readings

"Last summer, after the Aurora shooting" -- the Colorado theater massacre during the debut of The Dark Knight Rises -- "I was so angry I just had to write a piece about guns," says Kyle Bostian.
 
Bostian heads Pittsburgh PACT (Public Action Communitarian Theatre) and in just the past week has lined up a multitude of local monologists, singers, comedians, filmmakers, writers and activists to present what he terms a "community arts action" to coincide with the March on Washington for Gun Control on Jan. 26. The free local event, which includes a reading of part of Bostian's Aurora play, "Irony in the Second Degree," takes place at Bricolage.
 
Pittsburgh artists reading, performing or showing parts of their work include essayist Tammy Ryan, playwright Tameka Cage Conley, documentary filmmaker Chris Ivey, stand-up comedians John McIntire and Gab Bonesso (who also will appear as part of her musical duo Josh and Gab, with Josh Verbanets), and singer/songwriter Dave Bielewicz.
 
A similar "theater action" will be held in Washington, D.C. the same day (created by New York's NoPassport, from which Bostian drew his inspiration. The two events will share presentations, giving Pittsburgh a glimpse of artists in action from across the country (New York, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles) and the world (Wales and Australia).
 
As with all PACT events, an audience discussion will follow.
 
"It just all came together because a group of passionate people decided this was the moment," Bostian says. "A lot of us have a lot of strong feelings about gun violence and this gives us the opportunity to have catharsis. Also, I would hope that it will stir up conversation and get people out there doing things in their community."
           
To register, email here with your full name and the number of seats requested, or go online here.
 
Do Good:
Connect with other groups co-sponsoring the event and active on the issue: CeaseFirePA and One Pittsburgh, who will also have representatives at the event.
 
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Kyle Bostian, Pittsburgh PACT
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