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Evolving through dissonance
Kevin E. Jones is the principal conjurer and co-creator of The August Wilson Red Door Project, a nonprofit using the arts to change racial ecology. As Artistic Director and CEO, Kevin brings decades of experience as a professional theatre artist and a communications consultant, whose approach utilizes systems thinking, cognitive mechanics, and organizational change theory. The Red Door’s ground-breaking production of Evolve is about racial profiling but from a multiplicity of perspectives that make it surprising, disarming and provocative. Evolve interweaves monologues from the New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, written by African American playwrights, with those from the Red Door’s play, Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue. Cop Out is written by playwrights commissioned to create monologues based on interviews with police. Kevin's work offers a new way to approach seemingly intractable issues in our hyper-divisive environment.