AN AMERICAN LYRIC
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 $20 / STUDENTS WITH VALID ID
Watch Co-producer Cynthia Harris and Director Jon Royal discuss the power and importance of this play.
STORY: 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.”
Directed by Jon Royal, the cast includes Brianna Booker, Alicia Haymer, DéYonté Jenkins, Shawn Whitsell, Jack Chambers, and Nettie Kraft.
“Emotional…always engaging and exceptionally timely…The work, in short, has gotten under my skin, which is a testament to its power.” —LA Times