By James Ijames
Directed by Joshua Powles
About this Production
Gus is rejected by the gallery of his dreams because he is not the “New Perspective” they’re looking for. Hoping to Trojan horse his way into notoriety he approaches Vanessa, a black actress, to pose as the creator of his paintings. As they scheme to give the gallery exactly what they want, Vanessa begins to realize this might just be the role she was born to play. This plays spins out of control as it explores issues of race, gender, sexuality, and art.
“This funny…work draws on both life and art to examine racial tourism, power, and identity… WHITE bursts with humor…the best of which come at the expense of the institutionalization of art… The ending adds a surreal twist, driving home Ijames’ exploration of black women’s exploitation by feminism, by contemporary culture, and by white women.” —Philadelphia Inquirer.
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