When Jacob, a newly hired census taker, makes a field visit to the home of Gloria and attempts to get answers to standard government questions, he discovers that the objective facts he's seeking are not always so, as Gloria peels back the layers and confronts him with a different reality. That she is Black and he is white complicates their encounter in unexpected and mysterious ways.
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  • Shaun Leisher:
    10 Aug. 2021
    Using the framing device of the 2020 Census, Miller forces us to look at who is counted in this country and how even though we think so much progress has been made we still have a long way to go when it comes to looking back.
  • Veronica Tjioe:
    7 Aug. 2021
    A lovely exploration of how the records we keep are not nearly enough to contain the fullness of our humanity and a firm call to remember all those whose stories have not been recorded.
  • Marj O'Neill-Butler:
    15 Jul. 2021
    Census is such a smart play. We think we know where it is going and then it is switched up. I could picture the people Gloria speaks about, because they need to be counted. Need to be known. Beautiful piece.

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46th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival