6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice. Photo of Black Lives Matter protest.

6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice

Oct 10, 2020 to Oct 23, 2020
Keith Josef Adkins, Kim Euell, Micah Ariel James, Anton C. Jones, and Levy Lee Simon
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 8:00pm


The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts has reimagined its Centennial mainstage season and will open with a series of 10-minute plays entitled 6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice. As we began developing a new approach to the season, the department was dedicated to finding opportunities to elevate diverse voices, create space for dialogue about race, and to celebrate our BIPOC alumni who have been part of the Iowa community. Works were commissioned by five black alumni playwrights who were asked to provide perspectives on social justice. These plays were written to be performed by one to three actors, with some degree of social distancing, and presented to a virtual audience.

6 by 6: Collected Perspectives on Social Justice

A Refugee in Detroit
By Keith Josef Adkins
Directed by Michael Kachingwe
When a mysterious box is delivered to a newly opened cafe, the stakes instantly change and become indistinguishable between paranoia and naivety for the new refugees in Detroit.

Princeton Junction
By Kim Euell
Directed by Britny J. Horton
Three strangers are forced to examine their perspectives on race and politics during one fateful train ride on the New Jersey Transit.

The Honey War
By Micah Ariel James
Directed by Octavius Lanier
The Honey War was a territorial dispute between Missouri and what was then (in 1839) Iowa Territory. Nobody died. Nobody even got hurt. But they called it a war. This is not exactly about that.

By Anton C. Jones
Directed by Steven Willis
A compilation of scenes centered on a small college’s return to campus during COVID, #Masks explores the depths of social performance and what our “masks” reveal and hide.

Into the Night
By Levy Lee Simon
With original music by Mark Bruckner
Directed by Mary Beth Easley
A New York cop is on a mission for justice, only to find out that justice has different meanings.

Obermann Around the Table: Finding Your Place in Conflicted Histories

The Department of Theatre Arts will be collaborating with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies for the first event of their new series, Obermann Around the Table. This event, Finding Your Place in Conflicted Histories, will take place virtually on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. Learn more and register for Finding Your Place in Conflicted Histories here.

Art and the Pursuit of Social Justice

6 by 6 is part of the series Art and the Pursuit of Justice. \


This event is free and will be presented online.

All performance dates are subject to change. Please visit our website or the Arts Iowa Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319-335-2700.