Part spoken word, part stand-up comedy, part Ted Talk complete with PowerPoint presentation, Acting Black is a 60-minute solo show created to inspire open and honest conversations about race and diversity. Using the power of art to investigate difficult concepts Acting Black takes us to the roots of American racism and its consequences for all of us by exploring the evolution of the Black stereotype, tracing the birth of its beginning from a single individual on a specific night in Louisville, Kentucky in 1828 to the racial conflicts we still endure to this day. Acting Black provides its audience with a context and the critical tools to engage in the most important part of its presentation and that is the facilitated discussion that follows the performance, usually lasting for 30 to 45 minutes. This discussion may be customized and structured in specific ways to meet the needs of sponsoring organizations and entities.
Please note: this program recommended for mature audiences due to content and language.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Theatre, Office of Outreach and Engagement, College of Education and Human Ecology, College of Social Work, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Government Affairs, Office of the President, Office of Student Life, and University Libraries; the Greater Columbus Arts Council; the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network; and the Wexner Center for the Arts. This performance is presented in conjunction with Columbus’s yearlong celebration I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018