Bee-luther-hatchee Q&A

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Conversation, generally speaking, is remarkably well suited for clarifying questionable perspectives, particularly across the thorny landscape of America’s race relations and its even more problematic racial history. Within the stagebound world of the Stagecrafters Theater’s Bee-luther-hatchee, the concept of truthful, well-intentioned discourse is challenged and re-imagined in provocative ways by critically acclaimed local playwright Thomas Gibbons. In his story, African-American editor Shelita Burns publishes a collection of autobiographical letters written by a reclusive 72-year-old black woman named Libby Price. After the tome receives high praise in N.Y. publishing circles, Burns decides to deliver the good news to Price in person. To her shock and dismay, in lieu of finding a dotty old woman, an outraged Burns instead discovers Sean Leonard, a white man in his 40s.

The confrontation poses some important questions: Does the validity of struggle wane when it is explored by a non-participant? Can tales of racial and social injustice be effectively imparted if even partially fictional? How does one even broach the subject?

After the Friday night performance of Bee-luther-hatchee—which runs on successive weekends, Thursday through Sunday, through Feb. 9—the Chestnut Hill-based Stagecrafters will host a post-show Q&A session with Gibbons, director Barbara Mills and the drama’s cast. Like the play, its participating artists aim to fan the flames of authorial authenticity and introspective social commentary, using the most effective strategy in the playbook: Talking about it. / KENNEDY ALLEN

8pm. $17-$20. The Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown Ave. thestagecrafters.org

 

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- thestagecrafters.org

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8130 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 01/31/2014. .

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