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The FAC has the perfect opportunity to take action, and find cause for laughter 

click to enlarge We Are For Freedoms and Church & State, We Are For Freedoms: Nov. 2, 1-7 p.m., free; - Church & State: Fridays-Sundays Nov. 2-25, $18-$20; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 
30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org. - COURTESY FAC
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  • We Are For Freedoms and Church & State, We Are For Freedoms: Nov. 2, 1-7 p.m., free; Church & State: Fridays-Sundays Nov. 2-25, $18-$20; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 
30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org.
In times of political stress (and I think we can all agree we’re pretty politically stressed right now), there are two things we can do: take action, and find cause for laughter. The Fine Arts Center plans to help you do both on Nov. 2, starting with We Are For Freedoms. Part of the national For Freedoms 50-state initiative, a platform for creative civic engagement, We Are For Freedoms encourages citizens of all political persuasions to collaborate on a community art installation. Participants will produce posters and lawn signs expressing what freedom means to them, while The Press at Colorado College will open itself to the public and print signs featuring the work of artist Nora Naranjo Morse. The signs will be displayed on the FAC’s lawn and within the museum itself so we can all take a look at what freedoms our neighbors value, and maybe find some commonality in those values. All this, just in time for opening night of the FAC’s November play: Church & State. Written in 2016 following a fraught few years of mass shootings, Church & State tackles the hot-button issues of partisan politics, religion and gun control. While undoubtedly working with serious subjects, the playwright Jason Odell Williams said: “[A] heavy drama about heavy topics doesn’t interest me. What interests me is a play that gets to the heart of the people around these issues. And when you write about people, you can’t help but let them be funny and sad and honest, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time.” The play follows fictional senator Charles Whitmore, who decides three days before his re-election that he’s going to start speaking his mind — whatever’s on his mind. Meant to be both funny and introspective, the play will hopefully encourage conversation around some of our most divisive issues, and might offer a nice release in the form of much-needed laughter.

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