By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Directed by George Anthony Richardson
With Mia Y. Anderson, Zachary Desmond, Henry James Eden, Tjaša Ferme, Emma Nadine Onasch, Maddie Small, Lambert Tamin, Tarrence J. Taylor, trajan clayton, Halima Henderson, Ella Stoller, Maddie Thomas, and Keith Weiss
Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living with his adoptive white family in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; Tru is a street savvy kid from the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap in a holding cell — a first for Marquis, who has been protected by his family’s privilege, but all too familiar to Tru. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove Nietzsche and Tupac were really saying the same thing.
Described by The Washington Post as “entirely fearless,” HOODED; OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES is a wickedly whimsical story chronicling two polar experiences of growing up black in America.
Please join us Thursday, June 30 for a post-show talkback with Dr. Kym Moore and Dr. Robert Eschmann, moderated by director George Anthony Richardson. The talkback will be an open discussion about what it means to define ourselves for ourselves.
Kym Moore (Director/Educator/Theatremaker) is co-founder/co-artistic director of Antigravity Performance Project and Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. She is the recipient of a Pen and Brush award for her play, The Date. Recent directing credits include Zora on My Mind: a chamber/jazz musical (The Woodshed/Racial Justice Institute at Georgetown University), Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea (Williams College), Hoodoo Love (Julliard), and Do Eye Know You? A Trans-Media Performance Installation is currently in development. Residencies include the Center for Creative Arts and Media at Yale University, University of California Los Angeles, The O’Neill Theater Center, and California State University/Long Beach. She is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Other directing credits include: Yermedea Raw at La MaMa E.T.C., JoMaMa Jones Radiate at SoHo Rep, Detroit '67 at Carnegie Mellon. Website: www.antigravityperformanceproject.org or www.kymmmoore.com
Artists inspire the change we want to see and be in the world.
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Undiscovered Works celebrates and builds community through storytelling of all kinds. Dedicated to supporting artists as they develop new work, our ensemble-based productions bring to light the social issues of our times, all the while entertaining and inspiring dialogue. Our storytelling series features plays, music, poetry, comedy, and more along with highlighting the non-profit organizations who care for our neighbors. We believe that storytelling inspires action and change in the world.
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"An imaginative and occasionally metaphysical comedy"
"[Chisholm is] a provocative and spirited writer whose inkwell overflows onto the page." – The New York Times
"Terrific... deserve[s] to be discovered by a wide audience"
"A smartly crafted journey from cartoonish comedy to realistic drama and beyond"
"There have been quite a few plays this season, both on and off Broadway, examining race in America. HOODED; OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES stands up to the best of them." – Talkin' Broadway