Join The American Slavery Project at 7:30pm on Friday, April 9 for the next in the The Reverberation Plays series, a five-part audio drama series with soundscapes and minimal visuals that dramatize how Black History isn’t an event, it’s a legacy. Each premiere is accompanied by a scholar-led conversation illuminating the themes of each play. All events will be streamed with a live talkback following the show. Phylicia Rashad also returns to direct our last premiere, “Second Sight”!
April 9 – 7:30pm – “The Haunted Files and H.S. Monologue Mission” by Judy Tate, Michael Slade and H.S. Students
In 1904, a young black infant named Hazel is left on a doorstep. She is taken in by a family from whom she later runs away. Thus begins an odyssey of arrests, institutionalization, and medical intervention — all in an effort to cure her of “immorality.” Characters are real people from the files of the Eugenics Records Office in Cold Spring Harbor.
Cast: Antu Yacob and Stina Nielsen
Post-Performance Discussion: “’Good Genes’ and America’s Quest for Racial Purity” with Jack Tchen and Leora Fuller the original curators of The Haunted Files exhibition.
Upcoming in The Reverberation Plays:
MAY 14: “Disunion” by Judy Tate
JUNE 18: “Second Sight” by Judy Tate
The Reverberation Series is made possible by grants from The Black Seed as well as Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and Creative Communities, made possible by NY Dept. of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and distributed by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. #Reverberations