Undercurrent: Theatre for Now
4 plays. 3 weeks. 1 theatre.
Featuring Nicole Daniels, Keith A. Wallace, Madeline Burrows, and Daniel Park
March 9 – March 30, 2017
See below for full list of showtimes!
Undercurrent brings together four artists in a festival of creator-performed shows. Each piece gives voice to a subject, point-of-view, or experience that is essential in today’s social and political climate.
More about the shows:
The Bitter Game
By Keith A. Wallace, Co-created with Deborah Stein
A solo performance charged with pain, poetry, and laughter, The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and shit-talkin’ into a stirring commentary that begs the question: what does it mean to survive while Black in America? Wallace explores the question of police agency and excessive force, the ripple effects of trauma in communities of color, and the value of Black lives in this country.
MOM BABY GOD
By Madeline Burrows
Take a cupcake, put on a name tag, and prepare to be thrown into the world of the Christian Right, where sexual purity workshops and anti-abortion rallies are sandwiched between karaoke sing-alongs, Christian EDM raves and pro-life slumber parties. Our tour guide is fourteen-year-old Destinee Grace Ramsey, ascending to prominence as the new It-Girl of the Christian Right while struggling to contain her crush on John Paul, a flirtatious Christian boy with blossoming Youtube stardom and a purity ring. MOM BABY GOD toured nationally to sold-out houses from 2013-2015 and was the subject of a national right-wing smear campaign. In a newly expanded and updated version premiering at Forum Theatre and Single Carrot Theatre in March 2017, MOM BABY GOD takes us inside the right-wing’s youth training ground at a more urgent time than ever.
Kids on Bikes
By Nicole Daniels
Kids on Bikes is a one-woman play written from interviews in a real Baltimore neighborhood. What happens to a self-proclaimed “liberal” and “diverse” community when surveillance and conversations about who belongs in the neighborhood begin to arise? The story chronicles the experience of an 18-year-old mixed-race summer nanny as she navigates her own identity through interactions with twelve different neighbors in their homes, at neighborhood meetings, on the street, and in coffee shops.
You Are the Hero
By Daniel Park
One part Legend of Zelda, one part theatre, You Are the Hero is your chance to be the hero on an epic journey to save the world! Progress and Growth have been corrupted by Greed, Happiness has been thrown from the sky, and the Door to the Apocalypse has come unlocked. With dangers and traps around every corner you’ll have to be courageous, powerful, and wise if you hope to bring the story to a victorious end. But be careful, because Game Over does exist!
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