In reaction to the existing social climate, DramaDogs, a Theater Company, was compelled to create a program that fosters communication and education among the members of our local community. In 2015, we began developing our Relevant Action program, which addresses current social issues through the medium of theatre. We’ve aligned our productions with various community-building organizations, such as the NEA Big Read program at the Santa Barbara Public Library (which promotes insight into relevant social issues through the power of a good book), The Ghostlight Project (a social-action initiative within the theatre community), and Climate Change Theatre Action (which highlights concepts of environmental awareness). Productions such as Qualities of Mercy, through Santa Barbara Reads, From Eve’s Fair Hand, through the library community engagement program, and Earth Duet, through Climate Change Theatre action, are concrete examples of our program’s relevance—enthusiastic response via post-show audience discussions have demonstrated the necessity of these performances to cultivate discourse regarding local and global social issues. Our productions are free to the public and bring theatre to alternative venues for increased accessibility.
Through this program, we will continue to cultivate our artistic, activist voice.