Presenting plays to incite dialogue to foment change
Praxis Stage was formed on November 9th, 2016 — the day after the disastrous presidential election of that year.
As a company, we seek to link theater with activism and produce plays that we believe enter contemporary political crisis points and ongoing cultural conversations.
Additionally, we seek to cultivate a core of artists who burn to tell stories that address injustice and imagine a more equitable and truly democratic society, while also continually pulling in new artists to play with us. We pay particular attention to forging productions with a richness in diversity of identity and, particularly, with Boston born and raised talent to gracing our stages.
Additionally, we mount an outside Shakespeare production each summer in the belief that keeping that immortal genius in our mouths, in your ears, and on as many minds as possible is one route to the betterment of this world.
The concept of praxis, particularly as developed at different times by the philosophers/cultural workers Antonio Gramsci and Paulo Freire, as being cultural/intellectual/artistic reflection and action directed at the oppressive structures that must be transformed if we are to live in a liberated society, is what guides our work. Through praxis, oppressed people can acquire a critical awareness of their own condition and transform the world.
While certainly political, at our core we are artists, not lecturers, and making art that affects, moves, challenges, troubles, delights, and ultimately inspires our audiences, is the true heart of our mission.