Minority Voices TheatreA Project of The Very Little Theatre
Welcome to Minority Voices Theatre
Theatre that creates a sense of belonging
MVT is the community outreach project of The Very Little Theatre (VLT). MVT is designed to offer an opportunity for members of minority or marginalized communities to participate in staged readings of plays as actors, writers, directors, designers, and/or audience members.
MVT’s first year (2017) was a very exciting and illuminating time. We produced staged readings of three plays (Having Our Say, Vita & Virginia, Now I Am Your Neighbor). We helped sponsor two community events (DisOrient Film Festival, Eugene Children’s Film Festival), and we offered a scholarship to a summer film/animation camp to a young person of color through the Academic Achievement Center Foundation.
At the end of 2017, VLT and MVT decided to join forces, giving VLT an active community outreach strategy, and giving MVT a home, a 501(c)3 for fund raising, and the support of one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the country (VLT has been producing plays in Eugene, OR every year since March, 1929).
Approximately 1000 people came to see our productions in that first year. From donations at the door for each show, we raised approximately $6000 for local non-profits (NAACP of Lane County, LCC MultiCultural Center, Soromundi: Lesbian Chorus of Eugene, Community Alliance of Lane County, Centro Latino Americano, the Islamic Community Center of Lane County), and MVT broke even for the year, giving us the seed money to continue. It has been a good year, in hard times.
We are having conversations with community members and organizations about what next year might bring. We are working with TRANS*ponder to present the play Transfigurations – a play that explores the lives of Oregonians who identify as transgender (happening April 8 – see the Upcoming Events on this page). We are exploring the possibility of creating an ongoing series of workshops that walk people through the process of writing and performing slices of their own lives – leading to an evening of local stories reflecting the diversity of our community. We are in talks with CALC to do additional performances of Now I Am Your Neighbor. We are reading plays and wondering what the rest of 2018 will include.
To learn more about the history of MVT, please check out the About MVT page. Our upcoming productions can be found in the panel to the right. Other relevant performances and community events can be found on the Related Events page. To learn more about The Very Little Theatre, visit TheVLT.com.
Please use the form below to sign up for our periodic e-newsletter or to contact us with ideas for future productions, related events you’d like us to help promote, and any messages of encouragement you’d like to pass along.
MVT Upcoming Productions
Transfigurations and The Trans Monologues
Twenty years ago, local playwrights Eliza Roaring Springs and Deltra Ferguson captured the lives of 10 Oregonians who identify as transgender in the powerful one-act play, Transfigurations. In it, a wide spectrum of what that means to be gender non-conforming is explored. We follow their experiences as they pass through the many milestones that lead (finally and hopefully) to self-acceptance.
In addition, MVT and local group TRANS*ponder, have created a companion piece to this play, The Trans Monologues, that give audiences a chance to feel and explore the transgender community’s experiences today. From Transfigurations to these new monologues created by members of our local community, this event spans a 20 year journey of what it means transgender in Oregon.
MVT is honored to produce this event in partnership with TRANS*ponder, a grassroots, completely transgender founded and led non-profit based in Eugene, Oregon. It provides support, education, and advocacy for the Trans/Gender Diverse community and its allies.
Sunday, April 8 at 2pm
The Very Little Theatre – Stage Left
2350 Hilyard Street, Eugene
Suggested donation of $5-$50 will be taken at the door. Proceeds will benefit TRANS*ponder, MVT, and The Very Little Theatre
Reservations will begin Wednesday, March 28. More information coming soon.
This performance will be ASL Interpreted
We Are Neighbors
We Are Neighbors is the shortened touring version of the play Now I Am Your Neighbor, which tells the stories of immigrants living in Lane County. We Are Neighbors will be available beginning in March of 2018 to be performed in schools, places of worship, at community events – Free of Charge! For more information and to book a performance, use the contact MVT form at the bottom of this web page.
An encore performance of the full-length play is being planned for September or October of 2018. Check back for more information.