PULLMAN, Wash. — “Faces of America,” a one-person play based on the lives and beliefs of a diverse set of Americans voices, will be performed at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 20, at Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

The performance challenges the stereotypes of race, class and sexual orientation placed on young Americans by previous generations and tells of their hopes for the future.

Playwrights Colin Cox and Fran de Leon created the play in response to demands for diversity workshops. Cox and de Leon interviewed more than 60 people to formulate nine composite characters depicted in truthful and sometimes shocking ways.

The play is part of the First Diversity Kick Off Celebration, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., also at the coliseum. The celebration is an opportunity for the campus and the surrounding community to address intolerance based on sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age or disability. The celebration and play are free and open to the public.

“Faces of America” premiered nearly six seasons ago at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in California. Since then the play has toured the United States with performances in dozens of colleges and corporations.

For more information, contact Sheri Russell, assistant director, Center for Human Rights at WSU, 509/335-8288.

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