BIPOC Playwrights Festival | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

BIPOC Playwrights Festival Online

When: 5/21-5/30, Fri-Sun 7 PM CDT
Price: pay what you can, $5 suggested donation

Perceptions Theatre presents a festival of one-act plays by BIPOC writers in Chicago and elsewhere. The lineup is as follows:

Friday, May 21: Love & Nappiness by Kirsten Baity, directed by Kwame David Lilly. A trip to a salon for a bonding experience turns into an exercise in dealing with microagressions and examining the intricacies of interracial love.

Saturday, May 22: Frenemies by Lou Johnson, directed by Jerluane "Jay" Jenkins. Two friends—one white, one Black—are united in the fight against racial injustice, but it becomes difficult to distinguish "a genuine ally from a wolf in sheep's clothing."

Sunday, May 23: You, Me, and the Cat by Asha R. McAllister, directed by Des'ree Brown. Joshua and Adele have to take another look at their relationship when her antipathy to his pet cat, Lionel, becomes an issue.

Friday, May 28: Colorblind Casting by Antwon Funches, directed by Willow James. Dwayne, a young Black acting student at a predominantly white institution, clashes with a professor who assigns him a role that seems to be a recipe for disaster.

Saturday, May 29: Line of Duties by Andre Richardson Hogan II, directed by Nia Vines, about dealing with the sudden loss of a heroic figure.

Sunday, May 30: It's a . . . by Asha R. McAllister, directed by Myesha-Tiara. A baby shower for her sister sets off questions for a woman about whether or not she should have a child of her own.

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