This week we attended the live performance of “We Shall Not Be Moved” at Coterie Theatre in Crown Center. This show is about the student sit-ins in 1960 at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. This moving and informative performance brought to life one of history’s most interesting and effective civil rights movements. The script gave the students an opportunity to see all the different people deciding how to act and react in a time of change and turmoil, and how a peaceful protest led to real change. More importantly, seeing this history on stage gave them a chance to consider how they would behave when faced with the question of how to effect change in the world around them.
The actors did a great job of making their characters believable and realistic, which added to the powerful nature of the show. The writer had the actors stay in character for the Q&A afterwards, which also helped personalize the events of 1960 for the students. This is a moving and thought-provoking performance, and one worth attending.
Many thanks to the Coterie Theatre for bringing forward such an important part of history in such an approachable way!