CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Hands Up,” a set of seven monologues exploring the psyches of black men and women in the wake of police shootings across the country, will be performed at Oregon State University Dec. 2 and 3.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The shows are free and open to the public; tickets can be reserved online in advance at

The work is being brought to Corvallis by the Portland-based August Wilson Red Door Project and is sponsored the NAACP Corvallis/Albany Branch, the OSU School of Arts and Communication, OSU Theatre and the Red Door Project.

The monologues featured in “Hands Up” were originally commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio; and others. The monologues, written by seven emerging black playwrights, explore their feelings about the well-being of black Americans in a culture of institutional profiling. 

Director Kevin Jones has been producing the program in Portland since 2016. Jones and Lesli Mones, the founders of the August Wilson Red Door Project, will facilitate a “talkback” session after each performance. The goal of the discussions is to promote healing.

For disability ability accommodations, contact the OSU Theatre box office manager, Marissa Solini, at 541-737-2784. The box office will open one hour prior to performances to redeem advance reservations.

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Michelle Klampe