Can I Get a Witness?

Can I Get A Witness? a power-filled interactive (if you feel like it) theater experience. In the role of the Witness, each audience member is transformed into a character in the play, whether virtually or physically. The unfolding story is an invitation to visit the origin stories of 5 generations while considering their own. Based on the author’s research into her family's history and featuring original songs, this play honors the gift of sacrifice and celebrates the many ways we show love and care. From the sugar cane fields of Jamaica to a garden on Long Island, she travels through her own lineage, imagining what her ancestors might pass on to her if they could still speak. It is an opportunity to connect with one's past, find an anchor in the present and bridge between worlds through a discovery of womanhood, a revelation of motherhood, and the birthing of legacy.

General/All Ages
50 minutes
Solo Performance, BIPOC, Theatre
Redline Contemporary Art Center
2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

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Elizabeth Harris (Wife, Mom, Writer, Theatre Artist, Co-Director, Researcher, Therapist) is originally from Roosevelt, Long Island, and is of Jamaican ancestry. A graduate of Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA, Harris went on to earn a BFA in Theatre Arts with a minor in African Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She became a founding member of Progress Theatre Company and continued her actor training, earning an MFA in Acting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.  While pursuing a career in Acting in Los Angeles, she taught at USC’s Neighborhood Academic Achievement Program and tutored marginalized youth and children with other non-profits. Internationally, she served with Seeds for Hope in the slums of Kibera in Kenya creating a dramatic presentation to empower girls beyond stereotypes. Currently, Harris is studying to be a registered drama therapist with a focus on therapeutic theatre at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and will complete her MA in mental health counseling at the University of Colorado - Denver this summer. "Can I Get a Witness?"  was created in partnership with SoulWork Acting Method to support the thesis research project that Elizabeth Harris is conducted as part of her Master’s Thesis in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Colorado - Denver. For performance inquiries, please email at: eac207@gmail.com

Te Anna Brown, LPC, NCC (Co-Director, Stage Manager, Host) is a licensed therapist with an extensive background in the arts. Performing since she was very young, having been professionally trained in acting, singing, and dancing, she has performed in lead roles in productions like Crowns, The Sound of Music, and Stagolee, to name a few. She debuted her directorial and playwriting talents through her first original play titled Consciousness. She continues to write and produce while also supporting clients in Expressive Arts Therapies like Drama Therapy. She is a wife and mother of six beautiful young people. She is happy to be supporting this empowered piece "Can I Get A Witness?" and the passing on of generational heirlooms this story embodies.

Alastair Dryden (The Techie) is a hardworking techie who has managed light crews on numerous shows in his high school theater career. After he graduates, he hopes to get an apprenticeship to become an electrician. 

Cristal Chanelle Truscott, PhD (Acting Coach and Mentor) is an artist, culture worker, playwright, director, educator, scholar, founder of the touring ensemble Progress Theatre, and creator of SoulWork – a generative method for making performance, training artists, engaging communities, and framing analytical research that is rooted in generations-old African American cultural practices, theories and performance traditions. She is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award – given to those “influential in shaping powerful creative movements in contemporary arts,” – the 2023 United States Artist AwardCreative Capital AwardMAP FundNPN Creation Fund and NEFA National Theatre Project grants. 

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Redline Contemporary Art Center

2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80205

Entrance: The main entrance is on the east side of the building off of 24th St.

Parking: There is some parking in the alley on the south side of the building, and street parking

Accessibility: There is a ramp to the main entrance and ADA bathrooms

Admission: You must show your ticket confirmation or purchase a ticket at the venue; all seating is general admission, audiences will wait in a queue before entry to the show