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Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17

First Floor Theater is pleased to launch its seventh season with the Chicago premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's wild, social commentary HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES, directed by Mikael Burke, playing October 20 - November 17, 2018 at FFT's resident home, The Den Theatre (2B), 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at firstfloortheater.com. The press opening is Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm.

HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES features Company Member Andrew Cutler with Jalen Gilbert, Caroline Hendricks, Jayson Lee, Casey Morris, Lauren Pizzi Montgomery, Brian Nelson Jr. and Maggie Scrantom.

Marquis and Tru are both fourteen year old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his "blackness" and pens a how-to manual entitled "Being Black for Dummies." He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.

The production team for HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES includes Sotirios Livaditis (scenic design), Olivia Engobor (costume design), Eric Watkins (lighting design), Grover Holloway (sound design), Jennifer Wenau (properties design), Sid Branca (video and projections design), Rachel Flesher (fights and intimacy choreographer) and Kayla Menz (stage manager).

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Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Jalen Gilbert and Jayson Lee

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Casey Morris, Andrew Cutler, Caroline Hendricks, Maggie Scrantom, Lauren Pizzi Montgomery and Jayson Lee

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Jalen Gilbert and Jayson Lee

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Jayson Lee, Lauren Pizzi Montgomery and Jalen Gilbert

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Brian Nelson Jr. and Jayson Lee

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Caroline Hendricks, Maggie Scrantom and Lauren Pizzi Montgomery with (back, l to r) Jayson Lee, Casey Morris and Andrew Cutler

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Caroline Hendricks, Lauren Pizzi Montgomery and Maggie Scrantom

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Caroline Hendricks and Jayson Lee

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater's HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES Begins November 17
Brian Nelson Jr.



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