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Taproot Theatre hosts ‘Neighbors and Strangers’ to discuss race and diversity

Taproot Theatre’s current production of “Brownie Points” discusses the issue of race and motherhood. The theater is holding a series of guided conversations after Thursday night performances (June 2, 9 and 16), and will host a special “Neighbors and Strangers: Discussing Diversity and the Experience of Race in Seattle” at 7 p.m., Monday, June 13. Special guests at “Neighbors and Strangers” are Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

The discussion comes shortly after the release of the 2010 Census report, which ranked Seattle as the 5th least diverse of America’s large cities, yet with the most diverse zip code in the country (98118). “Neighbors and Strangers” will consider a number of questions, including what does this mean for people living in Seattle, is diversity a problem in our city, and what factors are affecting Seattle’s diversity?
Moderated by Tali Hairston, director of the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific University, the evening’s speakers will include Pastor Patrinell Wright, founder/director of Total Experience Gospel Choir, Rabbi Mark S. Glickman of Congregation Kol Ami and Congregation Kol Shalom, Dr. Ron Ruthruff, author of The Least of These, and Karen Lund, director/associate artistic director of Taproot Theatre Company. A special guest performance from Total Experience Gospel Choir will open the evening.

Admission to “Neighbors and Strangers” is free, but you must sign up in advance due to limited seating (priority seating will be given to ticketholders for any performance of “Brownie Points”). To RSVP, contact Sonja Lowe at 206-529-3666 or [email protected].