Chi-Raq is a work of agitprop—preachy, strident, sentimental, even sacramental.
“Theater producers do not want to make their audience members uncomfortable and talking about race makes folks uncomfortable.”
In appropriate, a talented young playwright turns mischievous literary homage into a work of exhilarating entertainment.
Much more work could be done fertilizing the fields of cross-cultural music, sowing seeds collected from the great touchstones of American culture – innovation, integration, risk, reward.
According to Shelby Steele, white liberals “dissociate” themselves from the past sins of white America by subscribing to the “poetic truth” that the United States is “characterologically evil.”
Where are the theaters that are bold enough to stage challenging and risky dramas about race? Not just talk the talk.
Some fifty-five objects trace a legacy of casual brutality and white hegemony that is at the heart of Yale University’s—and this nation’s—founding.