News: Girl Be Heard’s 2022 Musical Mainstage Production to Give Teens and Young Adults a Platform for Dialogue and Social Change
Girl Be Heard, a Brooklyn based organization that amplifies and celebrates the voices of girls and young women through socially conscious theatre-making, storytelling, and performance, presents Voices Be Heard: The Musical, its 2022 Mainstage production, June 21-22 at The Space at Irondale. Written and performed by an international cast of 12 professional young “artivists” ages 17-24, the work features original music and personal narratives of mental health, women’s rights, immigration, identity, justice, and issues facing our communities today.
With the company returning live to the stage for the first time in over two years and presenting its very first full-length musical, Voices Be Heard: The Musical follows the lives of six girls living separately in an old New York City apartment building, facing their own day-to-day struggles of survival in the bustling city. In this multi-disciplinary production, which includes live performance of monologue, music, and movement, paired with pre-recorded projections of remote ensemble members, a blackout plagues the building during a violent thunderstorm, bringing up stories that bond the women together in moments of unity, trust, and vulnerability, while girls who inhabited the building from decades past surface through ghostly apparitions. Legacy, growth, evolution, fear, and radical joy mark this night that reminds the cast and audiences that the storms of life will always pass, and hope lays ahead.
“In keeping with this year’s company theme, 'Radical Joy,' we wanted to create a piece that highlights the struggles of young women caught between chasing their dreams and carrying the burdens of societal, familial, and personal demands with insight, humanity and humor,” explains Angelica Torres, the company’s interim Artistic Director. “Voices Be Heard brings together people who seemingly have nothing in common to form unique and beautiful relationships despite individual hardships.”
“We are excited to be back on the stage for our first live show since 2019,” adds Executive Director Chiwoniso Kaitano. “I’m incredibly proud of our community of young artists and activists who have overcome major obstacles to bring this important and timely work out into the world. We know it will deeply resonate with audiences everywhere.”
PERFORMANCE and TICKET INFORMATION
Voices Be Heard: The Musical will be performed June 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $10 and are available at https://girlbeheard.org/mainstage-2022
The Space at Irondale is located at 85 South Oxford Street in Brooklyn, New York. The theater is accessible by Subway: C to Lafayette; B, D, M, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street; and G to Fulton Street.
Proof of vaccination is required for all who are eligible to enter the building. Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status.