Giving BIPOC women playwrights the opportunity to deeply interrogate the critical issues of our time using investigative theatre techniques
“Documentary theatre is theatre on steroids: it’s not just about our humanity, it’s about real, specific people and their/our everyday reality. 3GT Investigates offers local women playwrights the chance to be the center, the voice that tells these stories… .”
-VIRGINIA BLANCO, ACTOR (3GT INVESTIGATES: BIRTH RIGHTS)
3GT Investigates: Black, Missing, Murdered, Trafficked (BMMT)
The goal of 3GT Investigates: Black Missing Murdered Trafficked is first and foremost to raise up the voices and untold stories of missing and murdered Black women in connection with Oakland’s place as a major stop on the global human trafficking circuit. California consistently has the highest number of human-trafficking incidents reported in the U.S., and the FBI refers to the SF Bay Area as one of the world’s major sex trafficking hubs. In Oakland, 98% of trafficking victims are female, 64% are Black. Black women similarly make up an overwhelming majority of cases of missing persons in Alameda County, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the subject.
Lead Artist Cat Brooks will lead the BMMT writing team as they conduct and dramatize interviews with a diverse community of survivors and advocates connected to Oakland’s crisis. Interviews will take the form of conversations between our writers and survivors, as well as free-writing exercises to give survivors creative agency to explore and share their stories in their voices. The final script will incorporate stories, text, and footage from the live interviews, poetry, and first person testimony accounts gathered during our research to raise up the voices and untold stories of Oakland’s Black, missing, murdered, and trafficked women.
Applications Now Open!
3Girls Theatre’s Investigates program commissions teams of BIPOC women playwrights to deeply interrogate social justice issues critical to BIPOC women using investigative/documentary theatre techniques. Each project is led by a playwright who is also a community member and advocate for the issues being dramatized. She is partnered with community organizations to ensure those most affected by the issues explored are respectfully involved in the development process and invited to performances and talk backs. 3GT provides financial, artistic, and logistical support throughout the research, writing, rehearsal, and production stages of script development.
The submission window for 2021-2022 Investigates Program will open through May 1. For questions about the application or program, email Associat Artistic Director Zach Kopciak.
3GT Investigates: Birth Rights
Birth Rights explores the 2017 "Jane Doe" court case, in which a 17 year old pregnant woman was detained while trying to cross the US border. She wanted and, thanks to the ACLU, eventually had an abortion, but the case brings to mind a whole constellation of issues surrounding women's reproductive rights, and the rights of human beings more broadly as they try to cross the US border without documentation.