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Do Tell: A Reflection on the DCJCC’s “Race”


Today’s guest column is by Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele. She is a multimedia journalist specializing in politics, popular culture and race relations. Ozemebhoya Eromosele is the creator and executive producer of “Lectures to Beats,” the first-of-its-kind web show that builds a bridge between the cerebral and creative worlds.

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Race at The DCJCC at 16th and Q NW. (C. Stanley Photography)

After speaking on a panel about how race has played a role in a few highly publicized scandals, I stood in the DC Jewish Community Center’s foyer to wait for the next city bus.

It was freezing outside and I glanced at my smartphone every few minutes to see when I needed to make the 10-second dash to the bus stop out front. Theater goers were pouring out of the building after having just watched the Center’s production of David Mamet’s “Race” a few hours earlier.

I never boarded a bus. A black woman — impressed by my contributions to the discussion — offered to give me a ride home since my apartment building was on her way. During the drive, she told me about the good ol’ times as a young girl growing up in the 1960s.

She would go to a local theater with her aunts and uncles as a child and dress up in beautiful fur coats, pristine dresses and matching elbow-length gloves. She missed those days, and longed for the time when décor, tea time and other festivities associated with that sort of pomp and circumstance were appreciated.

She even remembered how she and her family members would always sit up in the theater’s balcony. An older cousin later revealed to her that they had sit in the balcony. You see, that was the only place in the theater reserved for colored folk.

I was shocked. She looked much younger than how old she must have been in order to remember that kind of America. Moments earlier I watched her make a pretty difficult U-turn on 16th Street’s two lanes, and she did not miss a beat. This lady was in her prime, but her demeanor masked her true age.

She revealed more about those times, particularly harrowing incidents when she and other family members were bullied or harassed because of their skin color. Her anecdotes got me thinking about the opening scene from “Race” when a black male attorney tells a white man who is accused of sexually assaulting a black woman that there is nothing a white person can say to a black person on the subject of race.

But that can’t be true. If this woman is alive and well, then some of her former bullies must be too. And if there is anyone who could tell us if we are living in post-racial times (whatever post-racial means) would it not be those who were on the other side of the fence during the Civil Rights Movement?

Those who opposed the efforts of the Dr. Martin Luther Kings and the Malcolm Xs and the Medgar Evers? Where are they now? How have their views changed, if at all? What could they tell America about the evolution of their ideas towards black Americans and equality?

These are the sort of voices that are missing and underrepresented in this ongoing conversation about race, and the perennial question of How far have we come? I hope these individuals come to understand the significance of contributing their perspectives to this conversation, and if we promised to withhold judgment, I’m sure they could tell us mounds.

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After the Fall Closes Sunday at Theater J; 3 Shows Open Next Week


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Theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area include the Lincoln, Studio, Theater J at JCC, Keegan Theatre at Church Street, and the Source. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

The Theater J production of After the Fall closes this Sunday, November 27 at 16th and Q Streets NW: “Arthur Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous world around him.” Showtimes are Friday at 2 pm, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 and 7:30 pm.

Also showing this weekend is The Golden Dragon at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets NW: ”A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one of Germany’s most innovative and adventurous writers unfolds in brief and fierce comic scenes.” Weekend showtimes are Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 and 8 pm and Sunday at 2 and 7 pm; there are also performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Opening Next Week

The December theater season kicks off next week with three new shows at local theaters, plus special events at the Lincoln Theatre. Full details below the list.

  • Seasonal Disaster at the Source. A production of the Washington Improv Theater, opens December 1.
  • Bust opens December 1 at the Studio Theatre.
  • An Irish Carol is at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street, December 3 and runs through December 31.
  • Special performances at the Lincoln Theatre, details below.
  • Later in the month: The Kinsey Sicks in Oy Vey in a Manger, December 24-26 at Theater J.

Full details below.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • An Irish Carol, opens December 3 and runs through December 31. Overview: “Set in a Dublin pub, this world premiere by Matthew Keenan is a homage to Dickens’ classic — told as only the Irish can. An Irish Carol follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve — challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever.  An Irish Carol is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright – a new holiday tradition for Keegan audiences.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

  • Joy All Over the World is December 3: “Presented by the Music Ministry at The Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC. The concert features a mix of traditional Holiday classics, hand clapping, toe-tapping Gospel and heart-warming seasonal favorites. Special guest soloists and the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC will perform.” (Lincoln Theatre)
  • Don’t Tell Grandma I Met Him Online, Deccember 7-9. “Roselonda Productions presents the hillarious stage play.” (Lincoln Theatre)
  • Holiday Comedy Jam, December 10. “Hayes Entertainment presents the 2011 Holiday Comedy Jam. Featuring The DC Comedy Dream Team with Mike Brooks, Tony Woods, and Teddy Carpenter. Hosted by Lazee Lamont.” (Lincoln Theatre)

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Seasonal Disaster, runs December 1-31, “We’re putting together a hot mess of improv comedy just in time for the holidays. We know it’ll be improvised and will NOT exploit an injured orphan to invoke the spirit of holitimes charity and togetherness. Cuz that’s wrong. Also: No dancing mice. Cuz that’s scary… and sort of gross.” Check back for times.
  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Overview: “Each week is a demonstration, celebration and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. All of the action is brought to life by WIT’s own Harold Teams right before your eyes.” (WIT)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • The Golden Dragon runs until December 11.  Overview: ”A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one of Germany’s most innovative and adventurous writers unfolds in brief and fierce comic scenes. Five actors cross age, race, and gender to play fifteen characters in this vicious, poetic, and surprisingly moving investigation of how intertwined our lives really are.” (Studio Theatre)
  • Bust, A Studio Special Event Performances begins December 1. “With one foot in Hollywood and the other in jail, the former Daily Show correspondent careens wildly between the two worlds, taking us on a hilarious, poignant, and completely unforgettable ride.”

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • After the Fall closes Sunday, November 27. Overview: “Arthur Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life. Yet he is compelled to relive his childhood losses, failed marriages and the controversial politics of the 1950’s Blacklist which turned allies against each other and leaves Quentin, in the end, as both noble hero and complicit bystander.” (Theater J)
  • The Kinsey Sicks in Oy Vey in a Manger, December 24-26. “America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty-Shop Quartet brings its irreverent humor and harmonies back to DC just in time for the holidays. With gut-busting parodies and raucous schtick, The Kinsey Sicks offers wholesome favorites like “I Had a Little Facial,” “Harried Little Christmas,” and “‘Tis the Season to Drink Stoli”! (Theater J)

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Weekend: Four Shows at Local Theaters, Events at the Lincoln


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Theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area include the Lincoln, Studio, Theater J at JCC, Keegan Theatre at Church Street, and the Source. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The weather will be kind this weekend, so take a walk to a local theater and catch a show (and grab a bite to eat on the way). Here are your walk-to-a-theater options in the Borderstan area.

  • Arms and the Man at the Source. A production of the Constellation Theatre Company.
  • The Crucible is at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street.
  • After The Fall at Theater J.
  • The Golden Dragon at the Studio Theatre.
  • There are events Thursday and Friday night at the Lincoln Theatre, details below.

Full details below.

Keegan Theatre at Church Street at 1742 Church Street NW

  • The Crucible opened October 22, and runs through November 19. Overview: “Arthur Miller’s classic portrait of one man’s struggle toward grace is set in the scorching context of the 17th-Century Salem witch trials. A community galvanized by fear and suspicion, a wife betrayed by lust, an orphan girl blind with passion and possessed with revenge, ruthless prosecutors, deluded holy men and covetous neighbors.” (Keegan)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Arms and the Man opened Friday, October 21 and runs through November 20. Overview: The play is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw and a production of the Constellation Theatre Company: “A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancĂ© when the reality of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Enjoy this witty comedy by famed playwright George Bernard Shaw and its revealing truths about romanticism, class and the idealization of war.” (Constellation)
  • Every Tuesday night at the Source is Harold Night! with the Washington Improv Theater. Overview: “Each week is a demonstration, celebration and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. It starts with an audience suggestion and explores whatever themes emerge through a series of scenes. All of the action is brought to life by WIT’s own Harold Teams right before your eyes.” (WIT)

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • The Golden Dragon opened Wednesday, November 2. Overview: ”A kaleidoscopic look at a globalized world, this play by one of Germany’s most innovative and adventurous writers unfolds in brief and fierce comic scenes. Five actors cross age, race, and gender to play fifteen characters in this vicious, poetic, and surprisingly moving investigation of how intertwined our lives really are.” (Studio Theatre)
  • In Concert: Stew and Heidi. Songs from Passing Strange featuring Jon Spurney, November 18-19.

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • After the Fall opened Wednesday, October 26 and runs through November 27. Overview: “Arthur Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life. Yet he is compelled to relive his childhood losses, failed marriages and the controversial politics of the 1950’s Blacklist which turned allies against each other and leaves Quentin, in the end, as both noble hero and complicit bystander.” (Theater J)

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Washington Improv Theater Opens at Source


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See what’s playing at the theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Legends closes Sunday at the Studio Theatre on 14th Street NW… as does A Man of No Importance at the Church Street Theatre.

At the Source, 1835 14th Street, the Washington Improv Theater got underway on Thursday night. It runs Thursdays through Saturdays from now until July 31.

Also, make plans now for Sunday, August 8, at the Source Theater for “Open Source: Meet Your Neighborhood Artists”—check the schedule as events run from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. This event is part of the MidCity Business Association’s annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale.

While there is no show at Source right now, you can check to see what’s playing at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Over at the DCJCC’s Goldman Theater, New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza runs through July 25.

Full details for below the fold.

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