Racism is Never “Appropriate”: Drama at OHA Feb 24th

A play that explores family and racial tensions,

in celebration of African-American History Month

Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to offer performances of a staged community reading of Branden Jacobs-Jenkin’s drama Appropriate at the Stonington Opera House Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. The performance will be directed by Linda Nelson, OHA’s Producing Artistic Director, and include visiting artist David Mason in addition to talented area community members. The first read through of the play, open to all interested, will be on Friday, February 13, at 7 p.m.

“This is a perfect play for creating dialogue in white communities around the everyday, familial nature of racism,” said Linda Nelson, OHA’s Producing Artistic Director. “The dynamics of the (white) Lafayette family are both painfully funny and heartbreaking.”

The 2014 play by award winning Jacob-Jenkins (Neighbors, An Octoroon) focuses on the reunion of the Lafayette siblings and their families, drawn together again following the death of their father. Complicated relationships and long-standing family dysfunctions make this gathering difficult and darkly humorous from the start–and the discovery of a photo album filled with lynching victims quickly has all family members questioning their heritage and legacy.

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Award winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins 2014 play, Appropriate, will be featured as Opera House Arts’ February “Our Own” Staged Community Playreading. New

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