Ever wondered why society holds such rigid definitions of masculinity and the devastating impact it can have? Join us as we sit down with Cordelia Zars of the Empathy Theatre Project to investigate this question, and more. In this enlightening discussion, Cordelia takes us behind the scenes of their groundbreaking musical, Man Up, a poignant exploration of gender violence and the societal pressures of conforming to traditional masculinity.

We delve deeply into the journey of Duncan, the protagonist of Man Up, from a vibrant, emotional boy to a figure of conventional masculinity, estranged from his family, friends and his true self. The ripple effect of Duncan’s transformation on the audience and cast members is heart-wrenching but also serves as a beacon of hope, illustrating the healing power of such narratives.

We further discuss the upcoming production, We’re Still Here, a testament to resilience and unity during trying times.

The Empathy Theatre Project isn’t just about raising awareness; it’s also about fostering collaboration. In our conversation, we highlight their unique musical theater project bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous people. We talk about the conscious efforts to preserve indigenous oral tradition through this project and the profound effects it has on the Indigenous actors. Cordelia also lets us in on how you, our  listeners, can support and experience these transformative productions. Embark on this journey with us as we illuminate the transformative power of art, storytelling, and empathy, in an episode that promises to be as enlightening as it is compelling.

Learn More: https://empathytheatreproject.org/ 

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