San Diego REP Black Voices 2021 Play Reading Series

Showing:   March 15 - April 05, 2021
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A brand new series featuring some of the most exciting new plays by Black playwrights! Every Monday from March 15 to April 5 at 5:30 PM PDT, join us online to hear an exciting new play by a Black playwright, directed by Black directors, and featuring diverse casts of actors. Stick around after each reading for a live online salon hosted by leading artists and scholars, offering an opportunity to converse about topics of race, class, gender, intersectionality and police brutality. Pay what you can at the price that feels right for you to open our hearts and minds, and to listen closely to these essential American voices.<br /> <br /> Tickets are Pay What You Can with a suggested price of $20. You will only need to register for access once by clicking the &quot;RSVP&quot; button above. Once you have completed registering at the &quot;RSVP&quot; button above, every Monday you will receive an email the day of the reading with your link. Scroll down for dates, information, and descriptions of the four selected plays.<br /> <br /> <strong>March 15</strong><br /> <em>Polar Bears, Black Boys, and Prairie Fringed Orchids</em><br /> By Vincent Terrell Durham<br /> Directed by Rondrell McCormick&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>March 22</strong><br /> <em>Baton</em><br /> By Deneen Reynolds-Knott<br /> Directed by Dexter Singleton&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>March 29 </strong><br /> <em>Mud Row </em><br /> By Dominique Morisseau<br /> Directed by Patricia McGregor<br /> <br /> <strong>April 5 </strong><br /> <em>The Great Khan</em><br /> By Michael Gene Sullivan<br /> Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg<br /> <h5> Play Descriptions</h5> <br /> <em><img alt="" src="/ckeditor/userfiles/images/Vincent%20Terrell%20Durham%20photo%203.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Polar Bears, Black Boys, and Prairie Fringed Orchids</em><br /> By Vincent Terrell Durham<br /> <br /> With a perfect blend of wit, irony, and humor, this play boldly explores race and redemption in today&rsquo;s America. The story opens with a liberal white couple hosting a cocktail party at their renovated Harlem brownstone. The guests include a gay Black Lives Matter activist, his white partner, an author and businesswoman, and the mother of a slain 12-year-old black boy. As this precarious party mixes cocktails and conversation about underweight polar bears, Lana Turner, gentrification, racial identity, and protecting the lives of Black boys, the evening reveals the importance of collective action that comes from truth.<br /> <br /> <br /> <em><img alt="" src="/ckeditor/userfiles/images/ReynoldsKnott_Headshot.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left; margin: 5px;" />Baton</em><br /> By Deneen Reynolds-Knott<br /> <br /> This highly contemporary story tackles today&rsquo;s headlines: police brutality, Black Lives Matter and the Me Too Movement through the complex lens of human relationships. The story introduces Ava and Tim, a black couple on a date that is interrupted by news of unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray&rsquo;s funeral. Ava and Tim grapple with differing feelings about the case--which, much like George Floyd, included a black man who arrived at the police station unconscious and not breathing. When Ava reveals her past engagement to a White cop, it sparks a night of accusations, interrogations, and confessions.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <em><img alt="" src="/ckeditor/userfiles/images/DominiqueMorisseau-WEB%203.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />Mud Row </em><br /> By Dominique Morisseau<br /> <br /> Two generations of sisters protect and defy the legacy of their foremothers in this surprisingly funny, heart-pounding, and ultimately hopeful play. Elsie hopes to move up in the world by marrying into &ldquo;the talented tenth,&rdquo; while her sister Frances joins the fight for Civil Rights. Decades later, estranged sisters Regine and Toshi are forced to reckon with their shared heritage, and each other, when Regine inherits Granny&rsquo;s house. Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau deftly shifts between past and present to paint a living portrait of family legacy.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <em><img alt="" src="/ckeditor/userfiles/images/Michael%20Gene%20Sullivan%203.jpg" style="width: 133px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;" />The Great Khan</em><br /> By Michael Gene Sullivan<br /> <br /> In this entertaining piece centering on today&rsquo;s Black youth, you will find a call to action to&nbsp;fight against the injustices of our modern society.&nbsp;Two Black teens, Jayden and Ant, are connected together through unforeseen circumstances. As they seek to define themselves and reclaim their identity, Genghis Khan shows up to challenge their ideas, as well as our own. We are left with question: WHO gets to tell the story that makes up our history?<br /> <br />
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Phone: 619.544.1000
Email: boxoffice@sdrep.org
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Hours: 12 p.m. — 6p.m. daily

On days with an evening performance, the Box Office is available by phone until one hour prior to curtain time and the walk-up window is open 15 minutes after curtain time (late-seating is at the discretion of house management).

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