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No Easy Road to Freedom Lessons in American Diversity

Feb 24, 2022

The Fresno City College Theatre Department presents the show No Easy Road to Freedom written by Tom Quinn opening in the FCC Studio 105 Theatre March 4. 

During a time in which many people are proactively fighting for their rights, No Easy Road to Freedom is a reminder of the struggles our ancestors have endured to obtain their freedom.  From immigration to oppression to acceptance, become immersed in the stories of courage and determination from the likes of heroines like Rosa Parks and brave individuals who represent Asian, Italian, Latino, Jewish and Native Americans. It is a show about a nation-wide fight against oppression, and a country that continues to evolve.

Director Karina Balfour shares “When history comes alive onstage it becomes an immediate, immersive and engaging experience. My favorite shows are those that teach me about something new, remind me of something I have forgotten or ask me to consider new ideas or concepts. My hope is that this production will do those things for you. Many of us have learned about these events in school, perhaps just this year, perhaps decades ago. Some of you may have even lived through them. It is important that we remember them and use that information to reflect on the current state of affairs for those that continue to fight for equality.”

The Fresno City College cast is made up of students: Rachel Diaz, Emily Swalef, Jessie Kirkwood, Trey Jones, Zion Harshaw, Jacob Phelen, Leif Delgado, Alex Sanchez, Mia Moore, and Tou Yang. Production members include: Emily Harley (Stage Manager), Anou Her (Assistant Stage Manager), Alex Sanchez (Assistant Director), Jeremiah Moua (Dramaturg), Ajay Davis (Sound Design), Rich Fine (Costume Design), Christina McCollam-Martinez (Scenic and Projection Design), Chris Lang (TD) and Johnny Cano (TD).

No Easy Road to Freedom performs on March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm. It also performs on March 5 and 12 at 2:00 pm. Run time is approximately 40 mins. Admission is free; however, tickets are required and can be reserved herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/no-easy-road-to-freedom-tickets-264376566427

Spectators attending an indoor athletic, academic or art event must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry into District facilities. Face coverings are required inside all facilities.

Additionally, No Easy Road to Freedom will have 2 community performances March 19 and 20 at 2pm at the Betty Rodriguez Library (Cedar/Shields). Admission to these performances is also free with no reservations required. The show will also tour to multiple high schools in the region in March and April bringing history to life through art.

Brief talkbacks will be held following each performance to further the conversation of where we are on the road to freedom today. 

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