dl Hopkins 
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Re: “Colors of the Stage

Firstly, thank you for writing this article.

The issues of race are rarely if ever seriously approached in this community as a whole. As one of the four cast members in the recent production of Mamet’s Race, we never spoke about our diverse experience or impression of Mr. Mamet’s work. This omission became very evident in the Talk Backs that were held on our Friday performance. We, individually, articulated our impressions of the piece and subject matter (each based in it’s own genesis and perspective). However, the audience was always consistent in it’s reflections and make-up. Overall, most (not all mind you) white patrons who chose to stay for the talk-back and then share their views were oblivious, surprised and astonished. While many of the Black patrons generally identified with one or both of the black characters and understood the dynamic at play.

RVA, in particular, is ripe for a real discussion but just as it was evident with the cast of this play, I don’t have faith that this discussion will take place without some level of provocation. It will remain relegated to isolated side conversations and otherwise dismissive.

This in my opinion is due to our romanticized history being at odds. Case and point, when driving to and from the theatre. I often saw a white family posing for pictures in front of the statues of memorialized Confederates on Monument Avenue. The Parents would then have a conversation with the children about those memorialized. This seemingly innocuous event may mean nothing to other onlookers, but to me it is either an education or the generational perpetuation of the subjugation of my people.

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Posted by dl Hopkins on 01/02/2014 at 2:19 PM

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