Social Justice Comedy Performs at GA State Ahead of Nazi Rally

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The Black Jew Dailogues will be bringing their 2 man multi-media performance to Ga. State on Wednesday, April 17th, just a day ahead of the National Socialist Movement's National Meeting and Rally on the 18th and 19th.

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The Black-Jew Dialogues, a social justice theatrical comedy, is bringing its unique blend of education and entertainment to the campus of Georgia State University, in Atlanta, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The nationally-acclaimed two-man show, featuring Emmy-award winner Ron Jones and stage veteran Larry Jay Tish, tackles the often difficult issues of diversity and multiculturalism.

The April 17th show, sponsored by Georgia State University Hillel, the Jewish student organization on campus, is the group’s second performance in Atlanta in a week, and precedes a planned Nazi rally set to take place just two days later. The National Socialist Movement is holding its annual National Meeting in Atlanta on April 19th.

“We hope our show can serve as a counterpoint to the National Socialist Party’s message of racism and supremacism,” said Ron Jones, the Black-Jew Dialogues co-founder. “This should be the rallying point for everyone who opposes their message and embraces multiculturalism and acceptance of all people.”

Jones and Tish performed at Emory University just a week ago, giving the campus an opportunity to talk about recent racially-insensitive comments from school representatives that also drew attention to the university’s history of anti-Semitism.

“We thought that bringing the Black-Jew Dialogues to Emory would be the perfect opportunity for a greater number of students to learn about the similarities and differences in our communities. We hope that the Black-Jew Dialogues will not be a one time performance, but a continual conversation in an attempt to root out the biases and racism that exist at Emory,” stated Erika Rief, Chief of Staff of Emory’s Hillel Executive Board.

Praised by the Boston Globe for its ability to "get to the heart of what divides people," the comedy pushes audiences toward a vital conversation about the changing face of America. Through its effective use of provocative satire and social commentary, the show has gained a wide appeal on college campuses and among community and religious organizations.

"We are excited about the opportunity to educate and engage with students and faculty on some important social issues," said Jones. "As our nation becomes more and more diverse, we are increasingly forced to confront the uncomfortable reality of antiquated stereotypes within our culture. Thankfully, college students are very adept at challenging social norms."

The comedy team of Jones and Tish uses the light touch of humor to challenge long-established taboos. Through fast-paced sketches, improvisations, puppetry, a game show, and other multimedia arts, the program primes viewers for a post-show discussion where stereotypes and bigotry are confronted and disposed off.

The performance is open to the public and will take place at the University Center, Room 465 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

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