Fire in the Theater!

A deep dive into a multimedia, community-sourced theater piece looking at free speech in a divisive and digital age.

Lead Artist:


A Host of People

Sherrine Azab, Jake Hooker, Aja Dier, Corinne Donly, Amanda Ewing, Karilú Alarcón Forshee, Chantel Gaidica, Charlie Gaidica, Bethany Hedden, Morgan Hutson, Chris Jakob, Dorothy Melander-Dayton, Sam Watson

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Monday, 25 October 2021

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Since April 2020, Detroit ensemble A Host of People has been developing Fire in the Theater!, a new original multimedia, community-sourced theater piece investigating the freeness of speech in this divisive and digital age. Due to Covid-19, the company shifted its initial community development plan online, as ensemble members used a variety of methods to interview friends, families, colleagues, and strangers about their personal engagement with the US Constitution's first amendment. AHOP has been meeting regularly online to share these interviews with each other, alongside occasional in-person workshops, beginning to generate material for the piece which we hope to open in Spring 2022. In this virtual studio visit, we will present some of our foundational research, clips of our work in rehearsal (including a Detroit Hustle built from the text of the first amendment!), and some clips of our performance repertoire and other in-process work that will offer a window into our way of making performance and our particular context of making it in Detroit.

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Fire in the Theater!

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Meet the Artist

A Host Of People

A Host Of People



A Host of People is a Detroit-based multi-racial ensemble theater company.

Hear them talk

Segal Talk: Chain Curation Thread 4

Segal Talk: Chain Curation Thread 4

Thursday, 28 October 2021



Meet the Curator

Jake Hooker

Jake Hooker



Jake is a theatremaker, educator, scholar, and Co-Director of A Host of People.

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