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The Outer Loop Announces The Empathy Project | Volume II

Nonprofit Takes Theater to the Next Level During Pandemic and Protests

DeKalb, IL – The Outer Loop Theater Experience’s Co-Artistic Directors, Michael Herman and Emily Vitrano, are proud to announce The Empathy Project | Volume II, premiering June 27th at 7:00pm CT. The 10-year-old nonprofit theater company, known to its faithful DeKalb and New York followers as “that innovative arts-for-action group,” has taken their responsibility as artists to the next level once again... and on the heels of their sold-out Empathy Project Volume I production.

From The Outer Loop and The Humanity Project, comes a second LIVE virtual collaboration and devised theatrical response to the moment of crisis, we as a global community, currently find ourselves in. These are strange and uncertain times... ones simultaneously abundant and lacking in connection and hope. Can we, through theater, inspire empathy and reconnect to our shared humanity?

The Empathy Project Volume II, a virtual devised theater event, launching on Saturday, June 27th, will include both live and pre-recorded performances of stories from people of all ages, races, beliefs and demographics, all surrounding their current experience of our country’s social and political unrest, the protests of George Floyd’s murder, and our nation’s cries for justice, for change, and for peace. The Outer Loop has gathered these stories from local communities and beyond, and is collaborating with a group of actors, singers, dancers, movers, songwriters and artists... curating, devising and assembling the larger Empathy Project piece. They will then perform it LIVE on June 27th via the Zoom platform.

Co-Artistic Director Emily Vitrano, a Northern Illinois University MFA Acting alum, described the project: “This is a devised piece, so we're not sure yet exactly what it will look like, but we are sure it will have an impact; the project's purpose stemming from The Outer Loop's greater purpose and mission: to create art that matters. We are hoping by bringing together voices, stories and experiences from all walks of life and artists from all mediums, both participants and audience alike will engage in the greater conversation of what it means to be human... right now. And that together, we might discover while our experiences or views may differ, our feelings of fear, joy, disappointment, hope, anger, and love are all the same.”

Co-Artistic Director Michael Herman, added, “We paired ten stories from all over the world, with thirteen artists from all over the nation. We’re hoping everyone will join us as we discover what it means to be human... right now.”

Donation-based tickets on sale now:

For more information please visit The Outer Loop website: Facebook: theouterlooptheaterexperience | Twitter: @OuterLoop | Instagram: @theouterloop

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