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Department ofTheatre and Dance

Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids

By Vincent Terrell Durham

Directed by Aldo Billingslea

November 13-15, 2020 online

We are proud to present L.A. based playwright Vincent Terrell Durham's latest work that boldly explores race, class, and environmental justice with a theme of salvation and quest for redemption. A liberal white couple hosts a cocktail party at their renovated Harlem brownstone. The guests include a Black Lives Matter activist, his white partner, an author and Harlem businesswoman sistah, named Shemeka, and the mother of a slain 12-year-old black boy. As the precarious party alternates between arguing and storytelling, topics range from underweight polar bears, Lana Turner, saving the planet, gentrification, racial identity and protecting the lives of black boys. But what do they have in common and is there salvation? 

This play contains profanity; recommended for ages 12+

Sponsored by SCU•Presents, Arts for Social Justice

Illustration credits: Black boy by Goulwen Reboux. Prairie Fringed Orchid by Ananda Heller. Polar Bear by Candy Witcher. Arrangement by Vincent Terrell Durham. Used with permission.