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Public LAB: Neighbors
Public LAB Series 2010
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Niegel Smith
Playing Now - March 14
Have you seen the new neighbors? Richard Patterson is not happy. The family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. And they are not just invading his neighborhood—they’re infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely post-racial lifestyle. This wildly theatrical, explosive play on race marks the major debut of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, member of the Public’s Emerging Writers Group.
NEIGHBORS may not be appropriate for children.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tues at 7pm; Wed–Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2 & 8pm; Sun at 2 & 7pm
TUESDAY NIGHT PUBLIC LAB SPEAKER SERIES: Please join us for the Public LAB Speaker Series, Tuesday nights following the performance, which will consist of engaging post-show conversations with the artists and notable panelists.
Tuesday, February 23
Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson talks with Daphne Brooks (author of Bodies in Dissent: Performing Race, Gender, and Nation in the Trans-Atlantic Imaginary), Chay Yew (playwright/director) and Niegel Smith (director of Neighbors).
Tuesday, March 2
Writing After August
Tracey Scott Wilson (The Good Negro) talks with playwrights Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors), Nathan Louis Jackson (Broke-ology) and Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) about their own writing and the shadow of August Wilson.
CLICK HERE to read the New York Times feature "New Play Puts an Old Face on Race" (Feb 3, 2010)
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS AND NIEGEL SMITH
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The Bacchae and Other Plays by Euripides
By Euripides, Translated by James Morwood
The Black Book
edited Middleton A. Harris et al.
The Colored Museum
a play by George C. Wolfe
Forgeries of Memory & Meaning: Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film Before World War II
By Cedric J. Robinson
Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Working Class
by Eric Lott
Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love
Images by Kara Walker, text by Philippe Vergne, Sander L. Gilman,
Thomas McEvilley, Robert Storr, Kevin
Young, & Yasmil Raymond