A Human Being, Of A Sort

When a black prisoner is leased to the Bronx Zoo to serve as special attendant at a controversial exhibition in 1906, he is surprised to learn it features a young Congolese boy put on display among the inmates of the Primate House. As he grows closer and closer to the captive he realizes he's caught between the freedom he seeks and the success of the exhibition. A Human Being, Of A Sort is based on the...
When a black prisoner is leased to the Bronx Zoo to serve as special attendant at a controversial exhibition in 1906, he is surprised to learn it features a young Congolese boy put on display among the inmates of the Primate House. As he grows closer and closer to the captive he realizes he's caught between the freedom he seeks and the success of the exhibition. A Human Being, Of A Sort is based on the true story of Ota Benga, looking at the roots of racial prejudice, bolstered by both science and religion.
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A Human Being, Of A Sort

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  • Gracie Gardner:
    27 May. 2018
    This chilling miracle of a play about the legacy of colonialism deserves to be read and performed everywhere. I want this play on Broadway, summer reading lists, college campuses, regional theaters, international stages. Jonathan is the real deal.

Development History

  • Commission
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    South Coast Rep - Elizabeth George Commission
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
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    The Juilliard School - Playwrights Workshop
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    2017