Written & directed by : Kamara Thomas

FEATURING : Megan Bowser, Fiona Dawson, Sarah Dawson, Angel Dozier, Amy Godfrey, Kari Hill, Luna Padilla-Font, Aya Shabu, Funmi Shabu, Nnedinma Umeadi, Joyce Ventimiglia, Sofia Ventimiglia, and Dale Wolf.

Choreography : Aya Shabu

Pictographs : Chelsea Avchen & Susie Crooks

Inflatable Scenery: Tom Dawson

Costumes : Ann Thaden

Additional Participants: Zoia Cisneros, Jamila Davenport, Ken Rumble

SOAPBOX - opening performance

SOAPBOX was a site-specific public performance that took place as part of downtown Durham’s Third Friday, October 19, 2018.

Process and performance elements were featured in “Good Luck America”, a video that debuted in November 2018.

Soapbox route through downtown Durham

Soapbox route through downtown Durham

"Good Luck America" Video, using process work from SOAPBOX.


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SOAPBOX (Durham) was made possible by:

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MANY THANKS to all who participated in and supported SOAPBOX! Thanks for coming to the show, following us around downtown Durham, buying and/or sponsoring a T-shirt, donating, and spreading the word!

This was an important step in the longer process of bringing to life both SOAPBOX and its mother-ship performance project, TULAROSA: AN AMERICAN DREAMTIME.

THANKS to all who made this possible, including Downtown Durham Inc., Awesome Foundation Raleigh-Durham, and the cast, crew and designers who invested all their beautiful creative energies into this production.


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Artist Statement

SOAPBOX is a group public performance taking place in downtown Durham on October 19, 2018, Third Friday. The work will feature orations by actors standing atop a soapbox, an all-female chorus, and scenic installations.  Community processions will take place between oratory performances at public spaces in downtown Durham, including Central Park, Durham Convention Center Plaza, CCB Plaza, and Black Wall Street Gardens.

Text and imagery will zero in on “American Archetypes” as the basis for each oration, presenting a dynamic snapshot from inside the boiling pot of viewpoints in our country and local community.

SOAPBOX will be an engaging, cacophonous, beautiful, pulsating group "organism", a festive and thought-provoking spectacle, where each audience member will see and hear a different message, based upon their own perspective and individual movement. This energetic portrait of the local community’s— and America’s— varying perspectives, is intended to encourage us to listen to one another, and to tolerate and even celebrate our differences during this period of communal change.


PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO FILL OUT THE SOAPBOX FEEDBACK FORM and tell us your thoughts and experience about the production. Your honest feedback is appreciated, anonymously if you wish!

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How did the performances effect you? Any specific feelings that came up, or thoughts about what the performances were trying to convey?
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I was directly invited by a performer to participate.
As an audience member, I felt uncomfortable to participate.
As an audience member, I felt unclear about whether I was being invited and should participate.
I wanted to see more performer interaction with the audience and wished they had invited more participation.
I wanted to see less performer interaction with the audience.
Please share anything you wish to add about your experience of SOAPBOX.