November 3, 2015 – SAN DIEGO – Award-winning spoken-word poet and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Artist-in-Residence Gill Sotu presents the world premiere of his play H.E.R.O.E.S. on November 13 and 14 at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall, located at 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA. Proceeds from the play will go toward supporting performing arts and cultural events in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods.
Set in the near future, H.E.R.O.E.S., which is written and directed by Sotu, examines a world and a San Diego where advancements in free health care and prolonged life produce overpopulation. This leads to the establishment of questionable solutions by the government to control population growth and difficult choices on the part of its citizens. Sotu’s deeply insightful prose will make audiences laugh, think, and act. The ultimate goal of this play is to galvanize members of the audience into becoming more active advocates for their communities.
In H.E.R.O.E.S., a panicked government trying to curb overpopulation creates the Department of Repose, a branch that rewards the families of H.E.R.O.E.S. (Humans Electing Repose Optimizing Earth’s Sustainability), or those who opt for a facilitated suicide. A desperate father decides to repose, but in lieu of money, he demands that his children receive a top-notch education from one of the highly exclusive government-run charter schools. When his request is refused, he holds the Department of Repose branch office hostage, forever changing the lives of everyone inside.
H.E.R.O.E.S. features an all local cast including Alex Robinson as “Auggie,” Mayte Gutierrez as “Faye” Tara “Tee” Madden Slaughter as “Valerie,” and Kayla Payne as “Marion.” Learn more about the cast and their roles in video character profiles on Sotu’s YouTube channel. To learn more about H.E.R.O.E.S. view the play’s trailer here.
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