In the December 2005 issue of Theatre Journal, editor Harry Elam posed the following question to several prominent theatre makers and scholars, “What is a Black Play?” Suzan-Lori Parks’ response was “New Black Math.” This evening, Sons/Ancestors Players of Sacramento State University directed by Dr. Melinda Wilson, will give an original performance of “New Black Math, an essay by Suzan-Lori Parks.” Their presentation will be accompanied by the premiere of a documentary on the founding of the Black Student Union and Black Studies at Puget Sound and open onto a conversation of what is the state of Ethnic Studies, 40 years and counting, in this -- our -- critical moment of contested identities and forms of knowledge, from Washington to Texas, Arizona, and beyond.
A Staged Reading of 1620 BANK STREET by C. Rosalind Bell, author of THE NEW ORLEANS MONOLOGUES; directing and dramaturgy by Grace Livingston and Geoff Proehl
Although the United States Court ruled in 1954 and 1955 that the Separate and Equal doctrine was null and void, it would be the late ‘60s before Louisiana acted to fully integrate its schools. The play, 1620 Bank Street, takes place at a southwestern Louisiana Catholic High School and provides a lens into the lives of the people affected by the decision as notions of race, class, culture, and love bump against and into one another.
Students are welcome to attend the full dress rehearsal, with post-play discussion, on Monday evening, October 25 at 7:30, also in Schneebeck.
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