“Affordable Housing: The Musical” blends powerful stories and good-humored political satire to reset the conversation about affordable housing in our community (and have some fun while doing it!).
How can the power of musical theater uniquely illuminate the urgent need for housing that a wide range of residents can afford? How might putting local political debates to music change up the hot-button issue of affordable housing? How can the lived experiences of homeless individuals transform dialogue about our community’s priorities?
Set in the fictional town of Church Mound, “Affordable Housing: The Musical” asks us to see a “community problem” as our problem. This musical was made by and for community. Developed through a year-long collaborative process in Chapel Hill, the musical is rooted in the lived experiences of workshops participants — many of whom have faced immense challenges finding affordable and safe housing in Orange County. Joined by grassroots allies, the cast came together to create this musical from scratch, and to bring these stories to bear on local political dialogue about affordable housing.