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Everybody Black

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman
  • Humana Foundation

by Dave Harris
directed by Awoye Timpo


March 19 – April 7, 2019

in the Pamela Brown Auditorium

When some wealthy white folks offer a big paycheck, a black historian agrees to write the definitive version of The Black Experience™. The problem is, the historian has never met another black person. What emerges is a blisteringly funny satire filled with unforgettable characters, including a brazen Barack Obama here to set the record straight, and a talk show about black people addicted to dating white people. With searing wit and bold candor, Everybody Black explores how we chronicle—and make sense of—Black History.

Audience advisory: Contains strong language, some violence and discussion of sex and suicide.
Age recommendation: 16+


About the Playwright

Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays include White History (Victory Gardens Theater Ignition Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, Relentless Award semi-finalist), Exception to the Rule (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist), Tambo & Bones (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm) and Incendiary (NNPN/The Kennedy Center’s M.F.A. Playwrights’ Workshop). He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, a Callaloo Poetry Fellow and the 2018 winner of The Rattle Poetry Prize. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Harris received his B.A. from Yale University and is a second-year M.F.A. playwright at the University of California, San Diego.


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