Allison Orr and Served
Ping Chong (http://www.pingchong.org/), recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Arts, joined the Wake Forest Theatre in January and February to direct a new iteration of his piece Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post- Racial America. During his time on campus, Chong spend the majority of time in rehearsal directing Collidescope 3.0 along with an assistant, Jennifer Onopa. He guest lectured in four classes in Theatre, Music, and Politics. IPLACe planned five events around the performances to engage the audiences and Wake Forest community in the important themes of the show. These included: 1) a post-show talkback with Chong and the creative team behind Collidescope; 2) a panel featuring faculty of color on Wake Forest’s racial history; 3) a film screening of the documentary “I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper”, 4) a post-show panel on student activism featuring Wake Forest students, and 5) a pre-show discussion on diversity and inclusion on college campuses featuring representatives from several NC colleges and the Winston-Salem community.