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Theater Studies Fall Mainstage "Citizen: An American Lyric"

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Thursday, November 05, 2020
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7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Theater Studies Mainstage Production

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For your consideration, CITIZEN includes racially charged language and video, and instances of potentially unsettling noises.

Book by Claudia Rankine and adapted for stage by Stephen Sachs: A stage adaptation of the internationally acclaimed and award-winning book of poetry/prose by Claudia Rankine about race in America. CITIZEN is a fast moving, emotionally charged, and thought-provoking piece of art that combines live theatre, music, movement, and video imagery to track the progression of micro aggressions to overt acts of racial violence by white Americans against Black American "Citizens."

The play is a multimedia experience that touches on the cycles we find ourselves in and examines-through personal stories, national headlines, and natural disasters-the physical, emotional, and mental toll racism takes on the bodies of Black and Brown people. The play, adapted from Claudia Rankine's National Book Award-winning collection of poetry by the same name, weaves in and out of a dreamlike fugue, only to thrust audiences against the harsh white background that is reality. It allows the audience and performers to confront internalized racism as a fact of our everyday American lives, challenging us to face it head on.

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