The UC San Diego Department Of Theatre And Dance Presents EVERYBODY BLACK
A group of white historians with lots of money offer to commission a Black Historian to write the definitive version of The Black ExperienceTM with promises of publication. But not just publish it. They are going to put said experience in a time capsule and then put that time capsule on a rocket ship and blast it into space so that on the fateful day when the aliens arrive to our galaxy, they'll read the words and understand what Blackness is. But what they didn't realize is that The Black Historian is absolutely MAD!!!! EVERYBODY BLACK examines Race, Capitalism, Identity, History and Blackness through the imagination of a mad Black Historian.
The preview for EVERYBODY BLACK will be March 6 at 7 pm. The show runs March 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 pm with an additional 2 pm matinee performance on March 9.
Tickets are $20 for regular performances. Subscriptions and group rates are available. Student tickets are $10 for regular performances. Faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens discounts available as well. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (858) 822-3152.
The cast features Amara Granderson (Ensemble), Assata Hefner (Ensemble), India Gurley (Ensemble), Janet Fiki (Ensemble), Anthony Adu (Ensemble), Cornelius Franklin (Ensemble), Michael Rishawn (Ensemble), and Xavier Clark (Ensemble)
The production staff includes Steve Broadnax (Director), Maddie Williams (Assistant Director), Yi-Chien Lee (Scenic Designer), Nick Ponting (Assistant Scenic Designer), Mextly Almeda (Lighting Designer), Justin Beets (Associate Lighting Designer), Minjoo Kim (Assistant Lighting Designer) Dominique Fawn Hill (Costume Designer), Samantha Englander (Associate Costume Designer), Stephen Jensen (Sound Designer), James Reid (Associate Sound Designer), Ursula Meyer (Vocal Coach), Bryan Runion (Production Stage Manager), Andrew Gutierrez (Assistant Stage Manager), Hazel Park (Assistant Stage Manager), and Kiko Lu (Production Assistant).
About the playwright: Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays include EVERYBODY BLACK (World Premiere: Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2019), WHITE HISTORY (Manhattan Theater Club Reading Series, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, finalist O'Neill, semi-finalist The Relentless Award), INCENDIARY (Venturous Fellowship at The Lark, NNPN/The Kennedy Center MFA Workshop), EXCEPTION TO THE RULE (Roundabout Underground Reading Series, finalist O'Neill), and TAMBO & BONES (BLACK SWAN Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Fest, SPACE on Ryder Farm) amongst others. He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, and a 2018 Venturous Fellow at The Lark. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Dave received his B.A. from Yale and is a second year MFA playwright at UC San Diego.
About the director: For more than 23 years, Steve H. Broadnax III has been a successful performing artist. He started as an actor, and his passion lead him to expand into writing and directing as well. His professionalism, creativity, and talent make him a sought after director, actor, educator, and writer.
Directing credits include various shows and theatre's nationally and internationally including: Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, People's Light Theatre, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia.
THE HIP HOP PROJECT, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Other writings include AMERICAN TABOO, another award winning full-length play, Camouflage (Eugene O'Neil semifinalist).
As a member of Actor's Equity Association, Steve toured nationally and internationally has worked in theatres such as Pennsylvania Centre Stage, St. Louis Black Rep, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Muny, Lincoln Amphitheatre, Westport Playhouse, and Ozark Actors Theatre.
Training: BFA Conservatory of Fine Arts Webster University, MFA Penn State University
Steve is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre and Professor in Charge of MFA Acting at Penn State University, and is the Quinn Martin Guest Director at UC San Diego.