September 23rd - October 3rd, 2021
Wildcard Wednesday (VU Community Only): Sept. 22 - SOLD OUT
Opening Night: Sept. 24 | Speaker's Night: Sept. 30
MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.
90 minutes, no intermission.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Streaming On Demand 10/8-10/10
Written and Directed by James Ijames
With a premise equal parts playful, prescient and preposterous, art imitates life (or is it the other way around?) in James Ijames' comedy White. Gus is an artist. Vanessa is an actress. When a major museum seeks to showcase diverse voices in their next exhibition, Gus enlists Vanessa's help to create an audacious new artistic persona to get him in the show. This contemporary Frankenstein story gleefully skewers the modern monstrosities of racism, misogyny and cultural appropriation, all the while "subverting expectations, cracking wise, and opening eyes" (DC Metro).
"If it's not entertaining, why the hell are we doing it? Make'm laugh. Make'm cry. Make'm call their senator. But by any means necessary. Make'm do something. Can't change anybody's mind if they're asleep." - James Ijames
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