Within Us

Last night, our students performed our first-ever original play Within Us! Our community was thrilled to have such an enthusiastic audience for this incredible performance that explored the themes of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, but set in modern Oakland.

This powerful original play weaved in personal stories from our students as well as the nationwide #BlackLivesMatter movement to tell a personal and profound story of how we can come together during emotionally-charged times to create positive change in our community.

Thank you again to our amazing partner, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as well as the playwright Greg Ayers, for helping guide this incredible process of writing and performing an original play.

Check out photos from the event!

Learn more about the process to write Within Us.

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Justice - Mercy - Revenge - Forgiveness

Justice – Mercy – Revenge – Forgiveness

On March 27th, Civicorps students in partnership with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will perform Within Us: an urban exploration of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice set in modern Oakland.

The student performers are currently working with a playwright to re-write the original play. The result will be a powerful story that interweaves Shakespeare’s timeless themes of justice, mercy, revenge, and forgiveness with contemporary issues.

After the performance, the student actors will join the audience for riveting small group conversation about the play’s themes.

Light appetizers and wine will be served
Admission is free — RSVP is required

March 27, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Civicorps Job Training Center
1425 5th St.
Oakland, CA 94607

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Read more about the artistic process to re-write this play!

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Come see Merchant of Venice!

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Each year, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Midnight Shakespeare program works with Civicorps students for ten weeks to put on a Shakespeare play.

This fall we are proud to present The Merchant of Venice!

Join us on Thursday, November 20th at 7:30 pm
for a performance you’ll never forget!

Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue
Oakland, CA 94610

Free event! Family friendly! No RSVP needed!

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