Minority Voices TheatreA Project of The Very Little Theatre
Welcome to Minority Voices Theatre
Theatre that creates a sense of belonging
MVT is a 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, and 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).
In April 2018, MVT/VLT partnered with Trans*Ponder to present a staged reading of Transfigurations – a 1998 play that explores the lives of Oregonians who identify as transgender. And, in the same event, we introduced the first annual Trans Monologues, bringing up-to-date the stories and experiences of our local Transgender/Gender non-conforming community.
Approximately 1250 people have come to see our productions. By sharing donations at the door with our community partners, we raised approximately $3500 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 Trans*Ponder).
Going forward, 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 also in talks with local organizations who serve and advocate for people in marginalized communities, including youth and people with disabilities, to create events that provide the opportunities to perform at the Very Little Theatre, presenting their stories to the community.
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.
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MVT Upcoming Productions
Spanish Language Theatre!
MVT will be working this year to create and nurture a Spanish language theatre project in Eugene/Springfield – dedicated to our friend Dagmaris Cabezas, whose dedication to LatinX voices in local theatre inspired much of the work at MVT and who passed away suddenly on November 12, 2019.
During and after our first Spanish language production, La Gringa, we saw and heard the excitement and emotions it created. We were asked to do more, and we accept that challenge.
We will be spending time during the shut-down exploring how to do this – who we might partner with, and what shape it might take. Watch for our next Spanish language production as soon as theatres are permitted to open again.
The Scent of Tulips
by Marty Kingsbury
MVT will try our hand at presenting theatre online, beginning with Marty Kingsbury’s touching love story, The Scent of Tulips. We meet Donna and Cynthia who have been together for decades. Now in their 80s, we witness their loving and sensitive final moments together.
Reprising their roles from 24 years ago, when The Scent of Tulips was produced locally to celebrate PRIDE, are Sharon Sless and Nancy Boyett. Carol Dennis will once again direct. We hope to make this 30-minute theatrical event available online by the end of July. Since this is our first online event, the learning curve could be steep. We will do our very best!
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Thanks for all your support these past few years! More to come!