Bring your students to see a show and stay afterwards for a post-play discussion. Educators will also be provided with a study guide, standard-based curriculum, and contextual essay. Tickets for students, teachers, and chaperones are $8 per person and can be reserved by calling 651.224.3180 or emailing Anita Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your contact information, the total number of seats you would like to reserve, and date you would like to attend. Recommended for audiences ages 14 and up.
Directed by Lou Bellamy
Omari is caught between two worlds. Raised in the city, he attends a private college preparatory school upstate, far from his roots and his family. His mother, Nya, is walking a tightrope: send him away and risk the dangers of discrimination, or keep him near and tempt the trouble waiting on the block. After a run in with a white teacher, the halls of his elite school turn out to be as unsafe as the city’s streets. A searing story of a mother trying to protect her young son from a world that can’t see the little boy she loves.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 // 10:00AM
THE WHITE CARD
Directed by Talvin Wilks
Virginia and Charles are wealthy, white arts patrons with a keen interest in racial injustice. Over time they have acquired an impressive collection of contemporary art depicting the violence exacted against black Americans. Tonight, they are excited to host Charlotte, a black photographer on the verge of great renown, at a private dinner in their home. As the conversation ventures into our current political climate from the first champagne toast, it’s clear neither artist nor collector is what the other may have expected. With incisive wit, Rankine’s play turns the camera from the casualties to the collectors.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 // 10:00AM
HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU
Directed by Signe Harriday
Daphne had her first child at seventeen years old. Her second came two years later. And then she made the hardest decision of her life: to leave the girls in Jamaica while she went to the United States, working several grueling jobs to earn enough money to send for them. Six years later, her daughters, Claudette and Valerie, joined her stateside. Though reunited, the wounds of departure still sting and Daphne’s monumental sacrifice feels mostly like abandonment to her girls. Now adults, the tables turn as Claudette and Valerie must care for their mom in the sunset of her life. A poignant story of mothers and daughters aching to reach each other with unconditional love before it’s too late.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 // 10:00AM
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 // 10:00AM
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