‘Nepali Applause’ takes place May 27, 28
— Gum-Dip Theatre (GDT) will present “Nepali Applause: An Open Air Market / Performance Festival,” on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Exchange House, 760 Elma Street, in Akron’s North Hill.
“Nepali Applause” is a multi-disciplinary performance that illustrates the rich history of the Nepali population in North Hill. The project collects works of art, dance, music and performance by professional and New American artists to create a bilingual variety show. This open air market/performance festival also activates the lot behind the Exchange House (which also connects with North Main Street). (Click here for a full schedule.)
“Nepali Applause” is funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Akron Arts Challenge.
Gum-Dip Theatre is also premiering an original play devised by six Bhutanese refugees based on their personal experiences. The play explores the history of Bhutan and Nepal, resettlement in the United States and adaptation to American culture. This play will be presented at 5 p.m. both Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. A grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helped pay for artists’ stipends during the development process. Further funding for the project has come from GAR Foundation, WhiteSpace Creative, and Paragraphics, Inc.
More information may be found by calling (234) 312-9709 or emailing [email protected].
Gum-Dip Theatre (GDT) is a community-based theatre that creates plays for, with, and about Rust Belt communities. GDT’s process is focused on community-building through socially engaged performance. GDT facilitates story circles to generate material for original plays. The community is involved in every step of the process to create productions that are a source for reflection and connection.