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Brian Herrera: “I Was the Voice of Democracy”

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“I Was the Voice of Democracy,” is an hour-long, solo performance written and performed by Brian Herrera, associate professor of theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. It recalls the true story of a 17-year-old who is briefly thrust into a peculiar kind of fame when a patriotic speech he writes on a whim ends up winning a national contest. Through autobiographical storytelling, this one-person, multimedia event offers a mix of analysis and anecdote, both hilarious and heartbreaking, as Herrera puzzles through the memories, mementos and artifacts that comprise the archive of his own teenage experience. Part of the Fall Storytelling series.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Date:
Thursday, October 3
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Venue

Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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Phone:
609-924-9529

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Hannah Schmidl
Summary
"I Was the Voice of Democracy," is an hour-long, solo performance written and performed by Brian Herrera, associate professor of theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. It recalls the true story of a 17-year-old who is briefly thrust into a peculiar kind of fame when a patriotic speech he writes on a whim ends up winning a national contest. Through autobiographical storytelling, this one-person, multimedia event offers a mix of analysis and anecdote, both hilarious and heartbreaking, as Herrera puzzles through the memories, mementos and artifacts that comprise the archive of his own teenage experience. Part of the Fall Storytelling series.Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment
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Promotional Materials
Handbill (5.5 x 8.5)
Max Number of Attendees
100
Age Groups
Adult
Notes
"I Was the Voice of Democracy," is an hour-long, solo performance written and performed by Brian Herrera, Associate Professor of Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. It recalls the true story of a 17-year-old who is briefly thrust into a peculiar kind of fame when a patriotic speech he writes on a whim ends up winning a national contest. Through autobiographical storytelling, this one-person, multimedia event offers a mix of analysis and anecdote, both hilarious and heartbreaking, as Herrera puzzles through the memories, mementos and artifacts that comprise the archive of his own teenage experience.The show received its world premiere presentation as part of SoloFest 2010 at Albuquerque’s The Filling Station (where it was selected as the Festival’s closing night “Encore Presentation”) and was subsequently presented at a variety of regional theaters and universities. The show was also featured as part of the 2012 Revolutions International Theatre Festival, the 2012 NoPassport Theatre Conference, at Cornell University’s 2012 Resoundingly Queer Conference, and as the keynote performance of the LGBTQ Pre-Conference of the 2011 annual meeting of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. A radio version of the show premiered on KUNM’s Radio Theatre in June 2011 and has since been heard coast to coast on public radio stations in the United States and Canada via Public Radio Exchange. In 2013, I Was the Voice of Democracy was presented at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), New York University-Abu Dhabi, and at Princeton.
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Adults