CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC

(Nashville Premiere)

by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs

Directed by Jon Royal

Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 at 6 p.m.
Venue: Actors Bridge Studio (4610 Charlotte Ave)
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door
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A searing, poetic riff on race in America, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, and the visual image. Snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. Those “did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just-say-that” slurs that happen every day and enrage in the moment and later steep poisonously in the mind. And, of course, those larger incidents that become national or international firestorms. As Rankine writes, “This is how you are a citizen.”

“Emotional…always engaging and exceptionally timely…The work, in short, has gotten under my skin, which is a testament to its power.” —LA Times