created by thomas murray
Hector Avalos was killed by a drunk driver as he rode his bicycle home from work. This beloved son, fearless boyfriend, and devoted friend was taken in the blink of an eye. In the aftermath was a quest for justice. Featuring interviews with Hector's family and friends and court transcripts, this immersive multimedia production looks at the evolution of our city streets over the last century. Who has the right of way? And how do we stop hitting and killing pedestrians and bicyclists?
- multimodal transportation infrastructure
- vulnerable road user laws
- land use planning
- inattentional blindness
- history of the automobile in the United States
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world premiere production at moss arts center
Each performance included a brief conversation about local bike policies and infrastructure led by one of our community partners:
- RIDE Solutions, serving commuters in central and southwest Virginia
- New River Valley Bicycle Association
- Town of Blacksburg Greenway/Bikeway/Sidewalk/Corridor Committee
- East Coasters Bike Shop
- Bike Barn
- Hokie Bike Hub
Featuring Stephen Balani, Andrew Bartee, Ryan Chapman, Anastasia Conyers, Maya Garcia, Rodney McKeithan, and Alexandra Yau
With designs by John Ambrosone, Felysia Furnary, Mordecai Lecky, Mary Rathell, and Tanner Upthegrove
Development of The Right of Way began in February 2014. Its first public reading in May 2014 was part of the Trellis series at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago. Its cast included Ashley Alvarez, Michael Leon, Molly Rose Lewis, Eleni Pappageorge, Shariba Rivers, Elise Spoerlein, and Lew Wallace.
After substantial additions and rewrites, three additional public readings were held.
- Blacksburg, Virginia: February 2017 hosted by Virginia Tech
- Atlanta, Georgia: April 2017 hosted by Theatre in the Square
- Washington, D.C.: April 2017 hosted by Forum Theatre
The cast for those readings included Ryan Chapman, Caroline Davis, Miles Gheesling, Mary Pat Gilliam, Abigale Mitchell, Mary Ryan, Caroline Silas, and Pete Sheldon