Blacksburg

March 17th - 18th, 2017 - 7:30pm

Moss Arts Center
190 Alumni Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Follow the development of Activate (Be)longing in Blacksburg, VA.

"I'll try to break open instead of apart."

-Activate (Be)longing 

MEET THE CAST

Question (Be)longing

Why do young people in this country shoot each other, or get shot?
And how do I recover from losing young people I knew, or not?
And how can I and the people I love get these shootings to stop?
I don’t know. I’m asking you. A few questions are all I got.
Is it the feelings smothered? The times I was Othered?
The dumb boys who say things? The toy guns? My playthings?
The rules of gender—the roles they make me fit in?
The school agenda—the rows they make me sit in?
The label that sticks? The failure? The cliques?
Is it the media I’m glued to, the video games, the porn
so I’ve screwed and killed a million nameless people since I was born?
Is it the culture of entitlement? My parents? The shame?
The obsession with specialness: the 15 seconds of fame?
The web? The disconnect? The street cred? The disrespect?
Is it the not being heard? The dream, deferred?
The economy that’s bad? The job I wish I had?
The self-hatred, the doubt, the unloved, the unkissable?
The racism that makes someone stick out, or invisible?
The way we erase mental illness: the culture of silence?
The way we raise men to be killers? Or buy guns to stop violence?
Why do young people in this country shoot each other, or get shot?
And how do I recover from losing young people I knew, or not?
And how can I and the people I love get these shootings to stop?
I don’t know. I’m asking you. A few questions are all I got.
Do we cope with broken times with open carry? Open minds?
Close loopholes through which I buy guns and hollow tips?
Or restrict funds and lobbyists from buying into politics?
Is it teaching what to look for before someone attacks?
Reaching out to keep someone from falling through the cracks?
Is it helping a kid before he becomes dangerous,
even if welcoming him means changing us?
Do we learn how to turn loneliness into community,
ensuring you belonging doesn’t mean you’ll be excluding me?
Do we cope with this despair by sharing our brokenness?
Our hopelessness? To open this door to love, or recovery?
Or healing? Or resilience? Or mental health? Or self-discovery?
Or empathy? Or learning safety from the first responders?
Is it remembering I am more than the worst of my traumas?
Is it reminding ourselves to honor those living, and those fallen?
Or is it helping me to find or follow my own calling?
Why do young people in this country shoot each other, or get shot?
And how do I recover from losing young people I knew, or not?
And how can I and the people I love (in this room) get these shootings to stop?
I don’t know. I’m asking you. A few questions are all I got.