Virtual Roundtable series, about the Importance of Socially-Responsible Storytelling in Entertainment, features "Jagged Little Pill" veterans, including Academy Award-Winning Writer Diablo Cody and Tony Award-Winning Director Diane Paulus
Launching April in Observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with Weekly Episodes Addressing Addiction, Transracial Adoption and Gender Expression
New York, NY - The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) announced the April 2 broadcast-television premiere of "Wake Up: Why Social Responsibility in Theatre Matters," a virtual discussion series inspired by the themes in the award-winning hit Broadway musical "Jagged Little Pill" which is based on Alanis Morissette's GRAMMY-winning 1995 album of the same title, with an original story by Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody.
In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the four-part television series will premiere on Friday, April 2 at 11pm on NYC Life, the lifestyle channel of the City of New York's broadcast network NYC Media. With one episode running each Friday through April 23, the series features members of the "Jagged Little Pill" cast, creative, and producing teams, engaged in virtual roundtable discussions on four themes: sexual assault; gender expression and sexuality; transracial adoption and race representation; and opioid addiction. A promo video is available here.
The "Jagged Little Pill" vets are joined in conversation by members of a special committee of experts organized by the musical's creators and co-producer Level Forward, and called the Impact Board of Advisors. The Impact Board was formed under the leadership of the Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, with a goal of setting a higher standard of sensitivity and awareness within the company of "Jagged Little Pill," and a template for shows to come. Each committee member specializes in an issue addressed in the musical, and advised the creative team and cast throughout the show's development.
The following are the members of the "Jagged Little Pill" company and Impact Board who participated in each of the episodes. Please click here for more information about the Impact Board and their affiliated organizations.
"The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Media are proud to work with the team at 'Jagged Little Pill' to launch this series during Sexual Assault Awareness Month," said the Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Anne del Castillo. "This new series inspires important conversations around gender based violence, sexism, racism and substance abuse. It also showcases the power of theatre to connect people through storytelling while raising awareness of critical issues."
"We're so thrilled to be partnering with the Mayor's Office to release this series, which highlights the rigorous work, powerful partnerships, and vital experiences that continue to support 'Jagged Little Pill's mission in advocating for socially-responsible storytelling in theatre," said director Diane Paulus. "This extended period of suspension for the live arts community has been incredibly challenging, but it has also been a crucial time of social activism and reflection. The idea of 'waking up' to face the world around us is a major theme of our musical, and of Alanis Morissette's music, so we felt inspired to reconvene virtually with our Impact Advisors in this pivotal moment and share our process."
Following are links to key art from the "Jagged Little Pill" Broadway production; as well as photo stills (credit Matthew Murphy).