Gray Zones are where focus groups meet theater. The shows are designed to bring out blindspots in a format that includes live, moderated conversation to inspire discovery and reflection.
How it works: you watch a play and vote on what you think you see. Then you join the discussion to see how your responses compared to others.
The responses, and your reactions to other people's responses, are the experience. It can be uncomfortable, but that's where we find growth.
What we learned in 2020 with our experiences about race, sexual harassment and love is that people want to be heard, seen and understood, and the safer we make the space to be brave, the more they are willing to listen and learn from each other. Over 1000 people joined us last year, and we're honored to continue to create shows that bring more empathy, awareness and understanding to topics with different perspectives.
The beauty of Gray Zones is that there is often no right or wrong answer to our questions, despite how you feel during the play or what you may think happened. The live discussions illuminate how different our perspectives can be, and the moderated discussions help you walk away with a perspective you may not have had before attending.
The Gray Zones experiences are engaging, transformative, and creates a safe space for people to explore and leave with new ways of thinking and feeling. Our goal is to increase awareness, empathy and understanding of other people's points of view.
We are working on our first in-person experience, The Queen Cobra, about the empathy we might be able to find for ourselves. We aim to launch workshops in New York City in late 2021.