Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Chicago, IL

The Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is partnering with artist Tonika Lewis Johnson to present a production inspired by the artist’s Folded Map project, a photography and video series that addresses the legacies of redlining and the inequity it created between the North and South Sides of the city. Embracing Johnson’s grassroots, people-first approach, Rivendell is exploring the real-life experiences of Folded Map participants (referred to as “map twins”) to craft a new theatrical work. Focused on the “map twins” of Rivendell’s Edgewater location and Johnson’s home community of Englewood, the Rivendell is building upon the Folded Map Project’s process, using radical community engagement, co-creation, and multicultural collaboration to comment on disparities and exclusions through art. 

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