ST. LOUIS, Mo. - A diverse array of artists, activists, elected officials and community people will come together Saturday June 22 from 2-5 pm at the projects+gallery at 4733 McPherson Ave in the Central West End to participate in a free event to read excerpts and summaries of the Mueller Report and offer related commentary through song. 

 

“While it is true that the report is available both online and for purchase, it is unreasonable to expect the average person to read a 455 page report that is annotated and full of redactions,” said Joan Lipkin, artistic director of That Uppity Theatre Company who is producing the event. 

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“Our traditional news sources and cable outlets are also not always reliable or accurate, so we have decided to bring the findings of the report directly to the community in the belief that, as the Washington Post says, ‘Democracy dies in darkness.’”

 

“What we do know is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded at the end of an almost two-year investigation "If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state," Mueller wrote.

 

 

“We are sharing information but also significantly, providing an opportunity for people to share their voices and to speak up,” Lipkin said. 

 

At the event, people will read approximately 5 minute excerpts to accommodate more participation.

 

Confirmed readers include Susan Barrett, Edward Coffield, , Marty K. Casey, Kathleen Sitzer, Matthew Kerns, Ann Lemons Pollack, Rosalind Early , Donna Postel, Roseann Weiss, Jill Maguire, Alderwoman Megan Ellyia Green, Rep Ian Mackey, Harper Barnes, Adelia Parker, Rosalind Early, Rabbi James Goodman, Phyllis Langsdorf,Stephen Houldsworth,  David Wraith, Lisette Dennis, Don Crozier, Tom Ray, Scott Intagliata, Kathleen Dunne, Michele Mallette Sherman, Carol Swartout Klein, Sara Taylor, Sabrina Tyuse, Kim Lee, Michelle Wilson, Linda Jo Smith, Pam Schneider and more.

 

There will also be opportunities for people in the audience to read. 

 

“Art is the ultimate expression of freedom of speech. Because we know that art is a verb, we are proud to host this event in support of democracy,” said Susan Barrett, founder and president of Barrett Berrera Projects.

 

The event will also include voter registration in partnership with St. Louis Voter Registration Group, refreshments, a selfie station and the debut performance by the St Louis chapter of Sing Out, Louise, a New York social activist group founded in 2017 that writes parodies with political commentary of iconic songs ranging from ABBA and Queen to Rogers and Hammerstein and more. 

 

For this event, Sing Out Louise will be conducted by Bill Odman with musical accompaniment by Susan Young. Singers include Rich Scharf, Carmen Garcia, Sharon Hunter, BasminNadra, Marty K. Casey,Ariel Tadlock, Jenny Yedvobnick, Debbie Char, Jennifer Rooks, , John Goddard, Ryan Marshall, Maria Ashby and more.

 

Free stickers, Stag Beer, and water will be provided.

 

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