America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

America v. 2.1 is a day in the life of a troupe of historical re-enactors charged with telling the tragic story of what was once was the American Negro, a woeful race once featured prominently in the American landscape, but whose time has been extinguished at own foolish hand. The troupe finds themselves at odds with the state of their own existences while being painfully oblivious to the parallels and...
America v. 2.1 is a day in the life of a troupe of historical re-enactors charged with telling the tragic story of what was once was the American Negro, a woeful race once featured prominently in the American landscape, but whose time has been extinguished at own foolish hand. The troupe finds themselves at odds with the state of their own existences while being painfully oblivious to the parallels and intersections their lives draw to that of the very Negroes whose story they are bound to tell. As this oblivion fades and they are faced with their stark reality, this day in the life of actors, becomes a day of reckoning.
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America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    2 May. 2021
    A powerful look at racism in America and what has led to now. Well done.
  • Juan Ramirez, Jr.:
    23 Nov. 2020
    "History is written by the victors..." but what's worse, is that sometimes the narrative comes from the mouths of those that suffered the most. This play is the history lesson America needs because misremembering isn't a choice anymore. We must review our roles in the stories we tell and the importance of always identifying the truth. I hope that in the face of adversity, I will always remember to allow myself to BE BROWN and like Donavan, always tell my truth, no matter what.
  • Conor McShane:
    12 Oct. 2020
    Wow. A deeply chilling, occasionally queasily funny satire that uses the revisionist rhetoric of past racist works like Song of the South to present a disturbing future where history is distorted to fit a white supremacist narrative (more than it already is). Made even more chilling in the wake of our president's recent pledge to teach "American Exceptionalism" and label antiracist education as "Anti-American." Just stunning.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Sundance Institute
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
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    Dramatist Guild Fellowship
    ,
    2016

Production History

Awards

Kilroys List
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The Kilroys
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2019
Semi-Finalist
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503 Playwriting Award (Shortlist)
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Theatre 503
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2018