"I want to ride without suspicion in national parks. I want to get seated at chain restaurants without waiting 25 minutes or longer. I want to give people the visual comfort of harmonious, racial integration without engaging in inane chit chat. Just like we see on TV. I want to have a white man by my side to back me up in academic, political and economic arguments." - from "Purchasing Power" by Ben Marshall
The assignment was pretty simple and open-ended.
For the WBEZ Off-Air event The Art of the Political: Can the Stage Be More Than Entertainment?, we decided to hold a panel discussion on the topic and include (in the spirit of keeping the event lively AND my own personal passion for finding ways to use my gig to help support my theatrical brothers and sisters) three ten-minute plays dealing with race and class.
The All Call went out:
All plays must be limited by the following criteria:
• Playwright must self-identify as an artist of color
• Play must be ten-minutes or less in length