Jane Cave

Street Sense’s new theater project, Staging Hope, gave its second performance Sunday, May 18, at Seekers Church in Washington. The project is a collaboration between Street Sense and the Department of Theater and Dance at The George Washington University (GWU).

Since May 2013, GWU professor and playwright Leslie Jacobson has been facilitating a weekly playwriting and performance workshop with a small group of Street Sense vendors.

Sunday’s performance featured the work of six Street Sense vendors – Reginald Black, Chon Gotti, Cynthia Mewborn, Chris Shaw, Robert Warren and Angelyn Whitehurst. It was directed by GWU Professor Leslie Jacobson with music from Roy Barber.

In “Letter to my Twenty Year Old Self” performers shared the lessons they have learned over the years that they wish they understood when they were younger. In another scene, the actors presented a representative from the Mayoral campaign of Muriel Bowser with their ideas of how to address the homelessness crisis in DC.


If you are interested in hosting a future Staging Hope performance, contact Rachael Buck at [email protected]