Strange Like Me ~ GTC Dramatic Dialogues
Hate groups are on the rise. In Texas, an African American man was dragged to death behind a pick-up truck. In Wyoming, a gay man was beaten and hung on a fence to die. For most of us, it's easy to distance ourselves from events like these and say, "That's not me. I wouldn't do that." But what about the subtler prejudices that each of us carries? Do we make assumptions about others based on appearance, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation? How do these assumptions affect our ability to really get to know another individual? More importantly, how can we overcome our preconceptions and begin to bridge the gaps that continue to keep people apart?
Strange Like Me begins with a monologue that lays bare the ugliness of hate, setting the stage for a lively discussion of diversity. In two scenes, we follow 6 students as they attempt to navigate the sometimes-difficult terrain of multicultural campus relationships. During talk-backs, students can confront the characters and voice their own opinions on issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Strange Like Me asks students to recognize that there are people who think, act, look, feel, and behavior differently from themselves. The goal of Strange Like Me is to encourage students to examine and discuss their own feelings and actions when confronting people who are different. Through open dialogue students can work together to build the bridges that will bring us all closer together.
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