Masking Our Blackness

A Short Play - 5 friends gather to welcome in the new year and share resolutions on how to survive another 365 days of being Black in America.
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Masking Our Blackness

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  • Vince Gatton:
    28 Aug. 2020
    OK, I was laughing out loud by the line "Since when do security guards measure your inseam?", but was unprepared for where this play was gonna go, and how far. What starts as a naturalistic (and charming as hell) party scene takes one carefully-calibrated turn after another until we're in full-on nightmare territory. Satire this savage is often righteous, but rarely is it this intelligent, emotionally grounded, and rooted in well-defined characters. Genuinely funny and genuinely sickening, Masking our Blackness left me very impressed by Mr. Durham's brain and heart. One to watch.
  • Steven G. Martin:
    26 Aug. 2020
    "Making Our Blackness" is satire at its best. Unforgettable. Shocking. Theatrical. Angry. This play has teeth and it's coming for the throat of contemporary America.
  • Rachael Carnes:
    26 Aug. 2020
    Absolutely gripping, at turns hilarious and harrowing, this piece resounds with wit and raw, unmitigated nightmare. We connect, and then the world's upended brilliantly - a powerful, engaging commentary on where we are, and where we've been. Read this yesterday, producer this now. This is a voice we need to be hearing from. Bravo!

Character Information

  • Simon
    24 to 35,
    Black
    ,
    Male
  • Samaria
    24 to 35,
    Black
    ,
    Female
  • Richard
    24 to 35,
    Black
    ,
    Male
  • Darryl
    24 to 35,
    Black
    ,
    Male
  • Cara
    24 to 35,
    Black
    ,
    Female

Awards

Winner
,
Samuel French 45th Annual Off Off Broadway Festival Short Play Festival
,
Samuel French
,
2020