BlackPlayBook seeks to re-vision "black play"as cultural production that counters gender, race and class- based oppression. As such, BlackPlayBook performs within a womanist/black feminist tradition on a "play-ground" of black performance, scholarship and activism. BlackPlayBook references a special issue of Theatre Journal v57, n4(December 2005)that asks, "What is Black Play?"
Monday, April 9, 2012
BlackPlay Production: "Saving White Face," a 2012 lynching drama
On Thursday April 12, 2012,"Saving White Face," (SWF) a lynching play that depicts a fictionalization of Emmitt Till's 1955 lynching, will be (re)staged as part of Fort Valley State University's Research Day 2012: "Scholarship in Action." The cast is made up of a FVSU drama club member, Amanda Allen, as well as Peach County High and Clayton County High School drama students, A.J. Browning, Ross Mathews and Brannon Roche. Mrs. Monica Nix, Peach County High's drama instructor, rounds out the "communiversity" based cast. SWF examines lynching as a everyday, Western hegemonic practice that reinforces a cultural fiction, white supremacy. Also, SWF foregrounds black women's anti-lynching activism, domestic violence as a preliminary lynching performance as well as womanist/feminist coalitional politics. In tribute to Trayvon Martin, details of his February 2012 murder are incorporated. Originally, SWF was staged as an internship project to satisfy a doctoral degree requirement. Currently, I am completing a book length manuscript that documents how SWF "stages a lynching."