Black History Month: BACC's Face Off Theatre Begins Season With Pay-As-You-Can Play
By Face Off Theatre Company
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Fabulation, a cautionary tale reminding us not to forget our roots as we climb the ladder of success, kicks off the Black Arts & Cultural Center's Face Off Theatre Company's seventh season in February.
The company is devoting its entire 2021 season to plays that tell deeply personal stories of African-Americans’ struggle for economic prosperity in America, in response to the tumultuous racial unrest nationwide that’s put a spotlight on imbalances.
“Face Off Theatre is offering five plays in a series we’ve titled ‘Rebirth,’ so appropriate after all that our nation went through in 2020,” says Artistic Director Marissa Harrington, in announcing the company’s new season that starts in February. “We hope these works will help keep top of mind the importance of creating a world with the access and conditions that allows everyone to lead safe and financially secure lives. We need to continue the fight for racial equity.”
Fabulation, or the The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage, will be streamed online only, and is timed to coincide with Black History Month. Showtimes are: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28. (Scroll down for the link for tickets. The show is pay-what-you-can.)
The play is a social satire about an ambitious and haughty African-American woman, Undine Barnes Calles, whose husband suddenly disappears after embezzling all of her money. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, Undine retreats to her childhood home in Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman projects, only to discover that she must cope with a crude new reality. This piece, directed by Ynika Yuag, is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.
Many of the cast members are familiar faces to Face Off Theatre audiences, such as Khadijah Brown, this time starring as Undine Barnes Calles. Rounding out the cast are Michael Davis Arnold, Charles-Curtis, Zaynee Hobdy, Jerome M. Jones, Jayla Smith, Elizabeth Taylor and Ron Ware.
About Face Off Theatre Company
Face Off Theatre Company launched in 2015 in Kalamazoo. It is devoted to thought-provoking Black theater and the development of playwrights of color, drawing audiences from throughout Southwest Michigan to its performances. Tickets may be purchased online, or at the door.
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