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A Discussion of Race & Sexuality in Theater
April 14, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
In conjunction with the Broadway hit Slave Play, nominated for a historic 12 Tony Awards, the Human Rights Campaign is proud to present an in-depth discussion of Race and Sexuality in Theater. We will celebrate Black queer art with some of the industry’s leading artists, including Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Tony-nominated Slave Play actors Ato Blankson-Wood and Chalia La Tour, renowned playwright C.A. Johnson, and Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. Moderated by author and Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board Chair Jodie Patterson, this discussion will examine the need for accessibility to theater and the arts as well as the power of Black, queer stories.
We will also examine the impact of The Golden Collection, an initiative from the creators of Slave Play to donate 15 extraordinary plays by prominent Black playwrights — including Slave Play — to libraries and community centers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. The Golden Collection celebrates Black playwrights and is named in honor of Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris’s grandfather, Golden Harris, who passed away two weeks before Jeremy learned that Slave Play would open at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.
As a young girl growing up in Kansas, access to the theater — and especially to Black stories — always felt unattainable. I cannot express how much it would have meant to me to walk into a library in Topeka and get to read through The Golden Collection. Whose stories get told and where those stories are available holds great power, which is why I am so excited to be helping with this effort and bring this important work to more people. You never know where the next great playwright will come from — it might even be Kansas!