Gritty City Repertory Mission:
Gritty City Rep provides Oakland youth with access to performing arts opportunities that nurture, stimulate & transform. We create unique spaces where young adults feel inspired to risk and explore, developing leadership, confidence, and empathy for their human family through the production of powerful theatre.
GCRep has MOVED!
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GCR NEWS & UPDATES
GCRep's ROBERT PAIGE GRACES THE FRONT PAGE OF THE CHRONICLE!
Huge congrats to powerhouse artist and community organizer for getting great press on the essential work you do for Oakland!
ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST EXTENDED!
All work will be performed in May 2020 by the Gritty City Ensemble - submission due by the end of November! Check out all the details.
HUGE THANKS TO OUR AUDIENCES FOR SELLING OUT CAUGHT UP!
We were so thrilled to present this original piece on mass incarceration to full houses every night for two weeks! Check out the audience reviews of this powerful production!
GCREP IN THE MERCURY NEWS
Thank you Sam Hurwitt for the terrific article about GCRep's production of Caught Up!
GCREP HONORED WITH A MULTI-YEAR GRANT FROM HEWLETT!
Huge thanks to the Hewlett Foundation for awarding GCRep with our first multi-year grant!
Opening May 2020:
Featuring 6 new plays by powerhouse playwrights of color from the Bay and beyond, Fault Lines takes a hard look at Oakland and the irrepressible cast of characters that grace her streets.
GCRep Audiences Gave
“The show was beautiful, people were in tears. . . Robert Paige and Lindsay Krumbein have again written a very clear and conscious show, with a powerful sense of justice and understanding that crosses community borders."
“A beautiful examination of police brutality against black and Latino communities in Oakland and nationally. This is a show everyone should see!”
“This startling play moves quickly through various scenarios of police violence, despair, and redemption. The intensity is modulated with humor and genuine, loving support for those in the depths of identity crisis. The performances, staging, script, and the understated, powerful ending work perfectly.”
“This show was incredibly moving and so relevant to what is happening in our community and in the country right now. The performances blew me away and I was so impressed with the level of emotions of each of the actors. It was raw and beautiful. I loved it!”
“Amazing. There is a clear political commitment but at no point are you being lectured at. Instead, the difficult subject of police brutality is addressed through letting us see a black officer wrestle with her conscience, and the survivor's guilt of the brother of the victim. Sometimes political theater can hammer us over the head with the message, but here the message is subtle, told with humor, and makes us think about how these issues reverberate through peoples’ families.”