Multi Meets Poly should not be viewed as entertainment so much as a theatricalized intellectual workout. It is not narrative storytelling in the traditional sense, but rather a rigorous and hopefully compelling exercise in probing two important ideas through a medium we call pedagogidrama.
Pedagogidrama is drama intended primarily as a teaching and learning tool. We are not asking you to be passive spectators when watching the piece, we are asking you to be engaged thinkers. It is more lean forward than it is lean back.
I am thrilled to be sharing Multi Meets Poly with all of you. For years I've been saying that Silk Road Rising was born of a multicultural politic then migrated to a polycultural aesthetic. The comradery and tension between multiculturalism and polyculturalism are, in so many ways, emblematic of the work that we do. Our art making and community engagement live in a multi-poly continuum.
The ideas in this video play do not simply inform the story, nor function as mere subtext to the story, the ideas are the story. As a writer, I have grown increasingly drawn to the notion of dramatizing ideas and dramatizing discursive argument, not as stealth messaging but as the basis for constructing a story.