The Arc Mercer Drama Program and TCNJ Tackle Social Injustices in Latest Performance

July 5th, 2017
A few of our ensemble members rehearsing for the show, (l to r) Vanessa, Courtney, Miranda, Judy, Delaney and Hailey.

A few of our ensemble members rehearsing for the show, (l to r) Vanessa, Courtney, Miranda, Judy, Delaney and Hailey.

This past semester, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and the Arc Mercer Drama Program partnered to create a project that explores social change and justice through the arts. “The Arts and The Community” course sought to provide opportunities for both parties to discuss multiple social issues, examine attitudes and behaviors, and reflect critically through an exhibition of their abilities. On May 2nd, the ensemble had the pleasure of presenting our latest stage performance called “(In)justice For All.”

“(In)justice For All” is a thought-provoking piece examining the differences between both justice and injustice on a national level. In America, we are taught at a very early age that pledging allegiance to our flag provides us with both liberty and justice. But as we journeyed through this endeavor, it became evident that there is liberty for all but only justice for some. However, the question was whether or not one can be truly liberated without the benefit of justice.

Our very diverse ensemble worked extremely hard, both mentally and physically, on dissecting this issue from various perspectives. The goal was to relay our messages to the audience in a way that was not just understandable but also relatable as many, if not all of us are exposed in some way to these injustices on a regular basis.

The entire cast of "(In)justice For All" after the performance May 2, 2017.

The entire cast of “(In)justice For All” after the performance May 2, 2017.

The presentation was held at the Don Evans Black Box Theater inside Kendall Hall on the TCNJ campus. It was amazing to see that we were afforded the opportunity to perform in front of a packed audience, including a large presence from The Arc Mercer and TCNJ staff and students. A special thanks to all of those who participated as well as the dynamic adjunct theater professor Jennifer Little. If you would like to view the show, please check out our YouTube page, as we will be uploading the footage in the very near future.

Would you or someone you know like to hone their acting skills in our Drama Program? It’s a terrific opportunity! Call The Arc Mercer’s Family Support Department at 609-406-0181, ext. 112, or email
us at familysupports@arcmercer.org.