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ICAT Playdate: The Right of Way
March 30 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am UTC-5
"The Right of Way" is an original documentary play by Thomas Murray, supported by an ICAT student SEAD grant.
Hector Avalos, a 28 year-old former Marine, was riding his bicycle home from work when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver on Chicago’s West Side. In the aftermath, playwright Thomas Murray created a documentary play about that crash - combining research, storytelling, and stagecraft to ask audiences what we can do in our communities to make our streets safer for vulnerable road users. The premiere engagement of The Right of Way in the Cube has been created in collaboration with ICAT media engineer Tanner Upthegrove and students from the Department of Theatre & Cinema and the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. The project's community partner is RIDE Solutions, providing alternative transportation options across Southwest Virginia.
Speaker: Thomas Murray is a 3rd year MFA Directing and Public Dialogue candidate in the School of Performing Arts. Prior to graduate study, he co-founded Waltzing Mechanics, a Chicago-based documentary theatre company. His research at the intersection of non-fiction storytelling and community cultural development has been presented at the NYU Forum on Ethnodrama and the Sackler Student Fellows Symposium at the National Academy of Sciences.