Discovery Theater is the Smithsonian Institution's Theatre for Young Audiences. Discovery Theater advances the Institution’s mission to increase and diffuse knowledge through life-enriching educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian’s research and collections for DC-region students, families, and adults, and for learning communities nationwide. View more information on their Member Feature Page.
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Going the Distance
Presented by: Discovery Theater
In this acclaimed show, actors portraying athletes Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens unfold the stories of their lives, overcoming disability, illness and adversity to become legends and role models. Based on the original play by Raquis Da’Juan Petree and adapted by national dramatic arts leader Michael Bobbitt with music by acclaimed American composer John Cornelius II, this stirring play melds heritage, history and legacy to deliver a motivational message of hope and encouragement to young audiences. Students will engage in a post-show “Think-back” engagement program developed by Discovery Theater in collaboration with the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The 20 minute workshop, led by actor-educator Xavier Carnegie, builds on the history and themes of the show. Student audience
members will be encouraged to discuss the ways in which the two central figures found motivation to overcome personal and societal obstacles to achieve goals against all odds. Digital educational materials developed by Discovery Theater and educators from NMAH, including resources from the Smithsonian Learning Lab, will be made available to teachers to aid them in exploring and expanding the themes addressed in the show and workshop when they return to the classroom.
Date: 03/02/20, 03/03/2020, 3/04/2020, 3/05/2020, 3/06/2020
Time: 10:15 AM and 12:00
Length of Event: 65 minutes
Location: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Ticket capacity: 125 per performance