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The Collective Heart Project

October 28, 2016 – Aurora, CO – The Theatre Department at the Community College of Aurora (CCA) will present “The Collective Heart Project,” an original collaborative dialogue and theater performance about issues facing the people of our country and the community during this election season.  

This unique mix of performance and dialogue began as the brainchild of Stacey D’Angelo, director of CCA’s Theatre Department. “I wanted to create a space where our students could express their thoughts about political tensions, ask questions about race identity, violence, and other issues,” she said. “It’s gripping, insightful, and we hope the production will be an eye-opener for our students and those who attend.”

The unique aspect of the production began in September when D’Angelo had an idea to place “Truth Booths” at various locations around the college to capture the thoughts of those willing to share about these issues. Inside one of the booths, which resembles a rustic voting booth, is an iPad where participants can anonymously speak their “truths” in response to poignant questions like: “What does the American flag represent to you?” or “What is the American Dream and whose dream is it?” 

How will the “truths” be used in the production? The truth booth transcriptions will be compiled for the performance. Students from various disciplines such as music, theater, visual art, dance, and graphic design will come together at 7:00 p.m. on November 3 to receive a copy of the transcript, a set of rules and instructions, and will then have 48 hours to produce a piece or a performance in response to the “truths”. The final product will be shared at the end of the 48 hours and the audience and performers will discuss the issues most prevalent in the hearts and minds of the participants. This is a very raw, organic approach to making art, which will come entirely from the students beginning to end.


Community College of Aurora | Fine Arts Building – Larry D. Carter Theater

16000 E. CentreTech Parkway | Aurora, CO 80011

Performances at 7:30 p.m. on these nights:

Saturday, Nov. 5 | Thursday, Nov. 10 | Saturday, Nov. 12

Daytime performance: Friday, Nov. 11 | 1:30 p.m.

Donations accepted at the door. General admission seating.


About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and eastern Denver, Colorado. The college offers two campuses plus online courses for degree or certificate completion. CCA students engage in programs that help them realize their potential by preparing them for transfer and employment. For more information, visit us at www.ccaurora.edu. Potential Realized.

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