Our mission is to use the performing arts to bring to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed.

Just Economy?

JTP's 2016-2017 season will render performances and discussions about Economic Harmony where every person is guaranteed by society’s institutions the equal human right to make a productive contribution to the economy, both through one’s labor (as a worker) and through one’s productive capital (as an owner), rejecting the exclusionary social barriers to economic self-reliance. 

"Nickel and Dimed"

Joan Holden, based on NICKEL AND DIMED, ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA by Barbara Ehrenreich

October 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22, 2016. Thank you for your support!


"Zuccotti Park" A musical about the human side of economics.

Music by Vatrena King, Book and Lyrics by Catherine HurdDirected by Jesse Pressler. Choreography by Aya Wallace

February 2017. February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.  Umstead Park United Church of Christ



ACCEPTED: Fringe NYC 2016 - August, 2016.

What does it mean to be an American? After eight years of war, Sergeant Cooper visits childhood sweetheart, Kate, in NYC. They meet at Zuccotti Park, home of Occupy Wall Street, where she and her friends protest the government he fought for.
Musical/Opera   Drama  

“Zuccotti Park” is a musical about the human side of economics.  Set at its namesake location in New York City during the Occupy protests of late 2011, the play dramatizes the experiences of a broad cross section of Americans whose lives were impacted by the current economic system.  In the play, two soldiers, Cooper and Washington, on leave from Afghanistan, visit New York City.  Cooper is an Iowa farm boy and Washington, an African-American, New York City native.  Cooper has arranged to meet up with Kate, his high school sweetheart, at Zuccotti Park.  But unbeknownst to Cooper, the park is ground zero for the Occupy Movement.  He finds Kate just as she is being pepper sprayed for assisting a friend during a police raid.  Cooper challenges the police for what he sees as unnecessary force, is handcuffed for his efforts, and ends up in jail with the protesters.  Despite their radically different worldviews, Cooper finds he is still attracted to grown-up Kate.  After Cooper, Kate and the protesters are bailed out, Cooper accepts Kate’s invitation to spend time with her and her fellow protesters at Zuccotti Park.   Throughout the play, Cooper and the audience learn the back-stories of the protesters: a homeless veteran, a family buying their first home, a student who can't find a job among others, as well as the opinions of people who profit from the system. The story comes to a head when the police raid the Occupy camp at Zuccotti Park and dismantle it.  

 To Express. A TWO DAY Forum Theater Workshop facilitated by Dr. Deb Royals

April 21 and 22- Umstead Park United Church of Christ

$75 per person, Two day workshop, includes food. Final Performance is open to the public for a nominal ticket price.

 Royals is offering a rare opportunity to the entire community to join her in April as JTP continues“exprésate”…to express… this time about the ways our economy injures the least among us.  This two-day workshop is for anyone wishing to engage in an intensive training course introducing and investigating the theory and practice of Forum Theater.

 A number of simple games and exercises centered on trust, confidence and group integration will be introduced enabling participants to lead workshop sessions within their own group or communities. Participants will look at how to devise a Forum Theater piece and how to conduct a public Forum session. The weekend will culminate with performances of the group’s Forum Theater pieces in both Spanish and English. 

 The experience is for anyone interested in using theater as a tool for debate and social change with communities; theater practitioners, social activists, teachers, community workers, youth works. Food will be provided throughout the two-day period. 


 The Gershwins®’ PORGY AND BESS® by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin. Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks in 2011.

June, 2017.  June 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. 

$27 Adults, $23 Senior/Student/Military, $20 Groups of 10+

Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh

Known worldwide as a masterpiece and “An American Folk Opera,” PORGY AND BESS ® was George Gershwin’s final work for the musical stage as originally featured an entire cast of classically trained African American singers.

The Justice Theater Project's June of 2017 production is based on the 2011 revival adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer for Drama.

Parks hoped to "introduce the work to the next generation of theatergoers", by adding changes to the opera's plot, dialogue and score to give dimensions to black culture as well as humanize the depiction of race on stage. 

Based on DuBose and Dorothy Heyward’s play “Porgy,” musical numbers include Summertime, A Woman Is a Sometime Thing, My Man’s Gone Now, I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’, It Ain’t Necessarily So, Buzzard Song and Bess, You Is My Woman Now. This is an extraordinary entertainment experience.


JTP's season of shows focusing on a just economy is sponsored in part by the Solidarity Capital Group. Creating opportunities for people of faith and goodwill to finance innovative social entrepreneurs, so they can extend their important work serving marginalized people and the needs of our community.  www.solidaritycap.com