Pre-Show Discussion Questions
We are excited to share this special streaming production of Vote? with you. For the first time, Orlando Repertory Theatre is producing a play to be shared digitally and streamed by Broadway on Demand. In addition to original costume, set, sound, lighting, prop, and projection design, this production was created to be filmed and shared online. You will see professional actors tell this story, but know there were many creative individuals who collaborated to bring the production to life.
The following conversation starters help you think about the themes in Vote? as well as make some predictions about the production itself. Discuss the following before you watch the show.
- Think about the term, equality. How would you define it in your own words?
- Compare and contrast the terms equal and fair. Are the terms synonymous? When is it important to differentiate between the two? What are examples of something that is equal and something that is fair?
- Identify examples of equality as well as examples of inequality.
- In thinking about those specific examples, which directly impact you and how so?
- Which inequalities are you able to identify concrete ways to change today? Which do you feel powerless to address and why?
- “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” This statement comes at the beginning of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. How has the interpretation of this phrase evolved throughout history? At the time of the Revolutionary War, who was included in this statement and who was excluded? Do you think anyone is still excluded today and if so, why?
- Vote? immerses audiences in a variety of protests throughout history. Protest in 2020 looks similar and at the same time very different from moments in our country’s past. How many forms of protest can you identify? Compare and contrast those forms from protests during Women’s Suffrage or the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. How has technology impacted people’s ability to protest and share their voices?
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