The Outer Loop back for The Empathy Project Volume II

DeKALB – On the heels of its sold-out Empathy Project Volume I production, Outer Loop Theater Experience has plans for Volume II.

The 10-year-old nonprofit theater company, known to its faithful DeKalb and New York followers as “that innovative arts-for-action group,” has taken its responsibility as artists to the next level once again.

This second live virtual collaboration and devised theatrical response to the moment of crisis will premiere at 7 p.m. June 27 on the Zoom platform.

The Empathy Project Volume II will include both live and pre-recorded performances of stories from people of all ages, races, beliefs and demographics, all surrounding their current experience of social and political unrest, the protests of George Floyd’s murder, and the cries for justice, for change, and for peace.

The Outer Loop has gathered these stories from local communities and beyond, and is collaborating with a group of actors, singers, dancers, movers, songwriters and artists.

Co-Artistic Director Emily Vitrano, a Northern Illinois University MFA Acting alum, described the project.

“This is a devised piece, so we’re not sure yet exactly what it will look like, but we are sure it will have an impact; the project’s purpose stemming from The Outer Loop’s greater purpose and mission: to create art that matters,” she said in a news release. “We are hoping by bringing together voices, stories and experiences from all walks of life and artists from all mediums, both participants and audience alike will engage in the greater conversation of what it means to be human ... right now. And that together, we might discover while our experiences or views may differ, our feelings of fear, joy, disappointment, hope, anger, and love are all the same.”

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