Can a dinner conversation overcome racial inequity?
Organizers of Sunday’s Decatur Dinners say if nothing else, it’s a good place to start. And its inaugural event turned out to be bigger than those organizers thought.
“It’s been amazing, the outpouring of support,” said Ariel Fristoe, artistic director at Out of Hand Theater and one of the event’s visionaries. “We’re actually having more than 100 dinners,” she added, noting more than 1,000 people participated.
One of the biggest logistical challenges, she said, was getting a diverse mix at every table, a feat not unlike planning for a massive wedding reception.
For the most part, Fristoe said, the nod to diversity worked.
Each of the 100-plus locations began the same way: one actor reading one performance written to serve as a catalyst for the ensuing conversations.