Clips from the play, Don’t Call it a Riot! May 2018, 18th & Union Theatre.
Song by Don Howell.
It’s 1968 and Reed, a member of Seattle’s Black Panther Party, must juggle the demands of a new marriage and a baby on the way, yet still find time to fight for liberation and dream of creating a better world. When her best friend Marti moves in, there is yet one more thing on her plate. Reed is unaware of the forces that will eventually destroy the Party, as well as the ones that threaten her happy home. It will take 31 years before she discovers the betrayal that was at the root of a dream deferred.

Upcoming Shows

May 10 & 11, 2019

Orcas Center for the Arts

Tickets will be available through Stranger Tickets

May 30 – June 23, 2019

12th Avenue Arts theater

1620 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill



Cast photo by Donna Day
Cast photo by Donna Day

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Praise for Don't Call it a Riot!

The actors in the play are fully immersed in their roles. It’s evident they’ve developed a trust and ease with one another to effortlessly portray their characters. It’s not only a testament to their commitment to their craft but also to Aurore’s storytelling. Because the characters are relatable, it’s easy to become invested in the lives of Sam, Reed, Marti, Falala and Paris. The play offers an opportunity to reflect on the past and envision a better future.

Lisa Edge / Real Change News

"As playwright, Aurore deftly wove activism and values playing both in the streets and in living rooms (the political meeting the personal, as the saying goes). As director, her choices kept both the personal and political moving along quickly, snappy in dialog, and playing very close and urgently to the audience."

R. Barron / Seattle Gay Scene

FINALIST: Don't Call it a Riot! 2017 Bay Area Playwrights' Festival

"[The] stresses and personal costs of sustaining long-term social activism is honestly revealed as Don’t Call it a Riot! transports us across two generations of resistance and struggle for change."

Beverly Aarons / South Seattle Emerald