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How to End Poverty (with 179 People You May or May Not Know)

at Vanderbilt University - Neely Auditorium, Nashville TN

Feb 24 - 28
How to End Poverty (with 179 People You May or May Not Know)

Explore and vote on how to address Nashville poverty at an interactive Vanderbilt Theatre production of ‘How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 179 People You May or May Not Know) ‘ Feb. 24-28 at Neely Auditorium.

Vanderbilt Department of Theatre, in partnership with Sojourn Theatre and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, will offer How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 179 People You May or May Not Know), an interactive show that challenges the Nashville community to respond to local poverty.

Leah Lowe, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre, worked with Michael Rohd, founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre, to bring the production to Vanderbilt after she took part in an intensive Sojourn workshop. The award-winning professional ensemble theatre company is noted for its arts-based civic dialogue.

“Nashville is just booming,” Lowe said. “However, our local leadership has started discussions about who gets left behind as our city adjusts to all this explosive growth. This production offers audience members the chance to learn and to shape the response.”

Students and community experts will come together to explore the impact of poverty and to consider different approaches to addressing a very complex problem. Throughout the performance, audience members are in dialogue with each other and with the performers.

An unusual aspect of the production is that $1,000 from ticket sales will be donated after each performance to a Nashville nonprofit organization. “The money will be placed in a large money ball and then raised into the air to remain a constant presence during the performance and dialogue,” said Phillip Franck, associate professor of theatre and the set designer. “Audience members can vote on one of five approaches to ending Nashville poverty that our students have researched in consultation with Sojourn Theatre. Then an area nonprofit that exemplifies the approach selected by the audience will receive the $1,000.”


$15/Ticket General admission, $5/Ticket for K-12 students. There are reduced prices for Vanderbilt students with IDs.

Contact: (615) 322-2404


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Additional time info:

Audience is encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for pre-show engagement activities.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Vanderbilt University - Neely Auditorium

2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235

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