3 Full-Length Plays by African American Provocateurs Performed in Rotating Rep November 17 – December 2, 2018
PRESCIENT HARBINGERS is three plays glued together by an African American male prism, through contrast, and via Second Amendment violations.
GLORIA by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lavina Jadhwani
HOODED or Being Black for Dummies by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, directed by Thomas W. Jones II
HYPE MAN, a break beat play by Idris Goodwin, directed by Shawn LaCount
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In GLORIA, a Pulitzer finalist, sincerity meets cynicism meets hilarity as millennials mock the Xers and boomers in a field – print media – that itself is soon to be obsolete.
An adrenaline rush of a show, GLORIA is a shocking, hilarious and spectacularly honest play set among the hyperambitious cubicle dwellers of a once-great magazine. Like journalism, it asks “What is crisis but an opportunity?” and “Who has the right to tell whose story and for how much money?”
30-something Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award. His plays were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016 and 2018 and others won Obie Awards for Best New American Play in 2014. Gloria represents the third play by Branden that Mixed Blood has produced, preceded by Neighbors and An Octoroon.
HOODED is a breathtakingly subversive dead-serious comedy that unwraps what is no laughing matter: race relations in America and the peril young Black men are in.
Street savvy Tru thinks preppie adoptee Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a manual entitled Being Black for Dummies as they navigate a world of cheerleaders, Black Lives Matter, 2Pac, identity politics, Nietzsche, the police, and Apollo.
20-something Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm finished Julliard’s playwriting program in May of 2018. His plays, Br’er Cotton and Hooded have received productions throughout America and in England.
In HYPE MAN, a break beat play, hip-hop culture is a crucible where issues of racial identity, gender inequity, career ambition, and friendship converge and collide.
A hip hop trio – frontman, hype man, and beatmaker – is on the verge of making it big until the police shooting of an unnamed Black teen shakes it to its core, forcing them to navigate questions of race, gender, privilege, cultural examination and creative freedom that are tossed around adroitly as they threaten to blow up this union of friends and musicians.
40-something Idris Goodwin is a playwright, poet, performer, and essayist as well as the Producing Artistic Director of Stage One in Louisville. Hype Man is one of a break beat series.
Company One (of Boston) is a national leader in audience engagement, artist development, and the creation of new work that pushes boundaries by presenting issues and events critical to the progress of society. Its production of Hype Man received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production and Outstanding New Script in Boston.
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