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Friday, July 31

Citizen: An American Lyric

The Fountain Theatre

5060 Fountain Ave., Hollywood, CA 90029


(7/31) A provocative meditation on race fusing poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image. Shirley Jo Finney directs the world premiere of Stephen Sachs’ stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America (winner, National Book Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award, NAACP Image Award; PEN Open Book Award). Made up of remarks, glances, seeming slips of the tongue — those did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just say-that slurs that happen every day, as well as the larger incidents that become national firestorms — the stage adaptation of Citizen is a spoken word dramatic collage, a meditation, or as Rankine herself calls it, “an American lyric.” The New York Times wrote that “Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.” July 25 – Sept. 14;

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