Nationally Touring Comedy Show Caps Off 6 Shows in 3 States in 24 Hours Run With Community-wide Workshop

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Myrtle Street United Methodist Church, 840 Harrison Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania Will Host a Special Community-Wide Workshop to Kick off Its Youth Theater Initiative Saturday, August 24th and 3:30pm

Myrtle will be the icing on the top of a 7 shows in 3 states in one day insanity cake for us”
Ron Jones

This event will feature a fun-filled theater and team-building workshop taught by Dialogues on Diversity (DoD). DoD is best known as the creators of The Black Jew Dialogues a two man multimedia comedy show which regularly tours to colleges, theaters and community groups across the country. The Black Jew Dialogues will have a series of 6 performances in the tri-state area in just over 24 hours which will kick off their Fall 2013 tour season.

“Myrtle St. will be the icing on the top of a 7 shows in 3 states in one day insanity cake for us,” says DOD lead actor and facilitator Ron Jones. “I Met the Reverend when Temple B'nai B'rith of Kingston hosted The Black Jew Dialogues at their interfaith event in June. Over the dinner we decided that I had to come back to work with her youth”.

“Our community has gone through a great deal of change in recent years and we want people to remember that ours is a welcoming and diverse ministry. We want to give our youth at Myrtle St. the tools to spread that message not just here but throughout the community as a whole,” says recently installed Rev. Marcelle Dotson.

The Dialogues on Diversity workshop uses interactive games and exercises which are designed to help participants explore what they call “Micro-Literacies”. These are the points of social and cultural connective tissue that we all have in common but do not realize we share. These will act as the bridges to explore deeper and more complex issues of race and culture.

This event will act as the jump off point for the creation of a social awareness theater ensemble which will act as not only an acting troupe, but a leadership training platform you youth.

“Many kids find it difficult to find their voice and discuss the social issues that they are surrounded by constantly. Theater can give them a more open opportunity to find that voice and share it with others. This is just the beginning of our effort to help foster positive leaders and mentors,” says Rev. Dotson.

Dialogues on Diversity will be returning in October to formally train participants in their “ACT-tion!” theater model.

This event is being presented in partnership with Rod Gereda's “Peace and Justice Center of Wilkes-Barre” and Angel Jirau's “SALSA” Program.

For more information about the event or interviews please contact:
Rev. Marcelle Dotson at 413 388 2261/ mdotson(at)susumc(dot)org
or Ron Jones of Dialogues on Diversity at 617 828 7491/ ron(at)thebjd(dot)com

For more information about Dialogues on Diversity programming (The Black Jew Dialogues/ Dialogues on Diversity Workshops/ ACT-tion!) please visit

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