Why (in)divisible?

All performances of (in)divisible through June 18 (presented as part of our Script-In-Hand Series) are technically at capacity, but you can still see the show. Free + summer = a certain number of no-shows! Click here for details, waitlist and walk-up info. Below each of the 17 actors share their thoughts on what drew them to participate in (in)divisible.

Everything in (in)divisible is rooted in real-life experience and the parameters are pretty strict: no mentioning of Trump or Clinton, or even allusions to them – when those names surface in conversation, listening seems to cease.

And listening is the goal. The lack of respect for those with whom we differ is at the root of the quagmire we find ourselves in as a country. Identifying people by labels creates polarity. And the more polarized we become, the less chance there is for real communication and real change.

We’re not asking people to agree; we’re asking people to listen to those whom they may normally write off as “the other.”

The greatest challenge of (in)divisible has been for each playwright to write their own point of view. The opposite point of view was much easier: it could be looked at objectively as a piece of theatre, as a character to treat as truthfully as possible. But when faced with representing their own point of view, each playwright felt immense pressure to avoid being preachy or didactic. The result is pretty magical: each playwright examined their own biases and fears and is boldly and frankly sharing what they found.

Grasping for a wisp of magic, in a thundercloud …
– Joe Debevc

While growing up Japanese American in Utah, I believe no one should be stereotyped and it is important to understand and respect each other as individuals.
– Bryan Kido

As an immigrant, a citizen and a mother I want my voice to be heard. I want untold stories to be told and (in)divisible is just that. Beautiful stories from non traditional people like me who often get overlooked when they should not. They are real and they matter. I want their voices to be heard.
– Lily Hye Soo Dixon

As a citizen who happens to be a theatre artist, I can think of no better mechanism for activism. An objective simply rooted in providing a voice, empathy and commonality to those without meaningful opportunities to do so.
– Darryl Stamp

It’s been difficult waking up every morning to a world where hate seems to rule the day on both sides of the aisle. It’s not sustainable, and it is damaging us all. Indivisible is a step in the direction of cultivating a forum of listening and tolerance, the only remedy for hate that I can think of.
– Matthew Sincell

Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?
– Alicia Washington

in(divisible) reminds me that my task, as a human being and a citizen, is to walk across a scary, incomplete, shifting bridge — again and again– to reach the increasingly narrowed space called “compassion.
– JJ Neward

I am confused and saddened by the extreme politics that have taken over this country. Why can’t people of differing opinions listen to each other? Why is defeating the other guy more important than effective governing. However, I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit that I am very interested in somebody or something defeating That Guy.
– Jayne Luke

In my view, the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ are equally guilty of engaging in extraordinary amounts of cognitive dissonance regarding their own beliefs and ideologies both personally and politically. (in)divisible sounded like it an opportunity to explore what a few of those mirrors looked like.
– Bijan J. Hosseini

I wanted to be part of an experience that offers the opportunity to hear the other side of an argument, so that we could better understand why we’re on opposing sides and maybe come to understand that we aren’t as opposite as we might think.
– Tito Livas

In this moment of feeling like it’s not my turn to talk and trying to listen with my heart, it’s a relief to open my mouth but to hear words of trusted playwrights come out. I trust them to say the difficult things that will help all of us listen better to each other.
– April Fossen

I got the chance last Fall to work with an outstanding group of young artists, creating devised theatre as they reacted to the shifting world around them. They were inspiring, and I was reminded again the power of theatre to respond with an immediacy that few other art forms have. The chance to continue that response with (in)divisible is a gift, as is the chance to work with a community of artists I love and respect.
– Mark Fossen

I spent the night of the election consoling my girlfriend for hours over the phone. She’s an educator, and her students are almost all lower income minority and immigrant youth.  We went from the euphoria of an almost guaranteed win for our candidate, to her dealing with the fearful social media posts  of her students, as they realized that a very sizable portion of the country decided that they weren’t wanted. They weren’t of value, they didn’t belong.

(in)divisible is forcing me to put aside my assumptions, and think about why all of this happened. We all want roughly the same things: a good paying job, physical and financial security for ourselves and our loved ones, access to affordable healthcare … We just disagree on how to go about it. I want to understand. We need to understand. This project is part of my process.
– Jason Tatom

After this election debacle, I had a conversation with an acquaintance who mentioned the (in)divisible movement. She likened it to the grass roots movement of the tea party and their quick ascent – but for liberals and progressives. It piqued my interest.
– Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

For the same reason I enjoy listening to NPR or the Moth Radio Hour. (in)divisible is short, current, to the point and relevant to our daily unfolding political theatre.
– Shane Mozaffari

When Plan-B came to me saying that they had gathered 12 of Utah’s playwrights who had each written pieces in response to the response of the election for a kind of ad hoc addition to their regular season, I was very excited. It’s a rare opportunity to have such a diverse reflection on something so immediate and charged, and even more rare that it be local and speak so directly to our community.
– Nicki Nixon

Being part of (in)divisible was important to me because I think these experiences, discussions and stories must be shared and talked about. I think one of the biggest problems with our world today is that many voices are being ignored, shut down, or attacked, when what we really need is clear and thoughtful communication. I think these stories and the ideas and attitudes expressed within them are an important step towards listening to the other side, no matter what you believe.
– Isabella Reeder

Thank you Jesse Portillo!
A gathering of theatre artists of color in SLC

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