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Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury

  • Presented By: CSU, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
  • Dates: 3/1/2024, 3/2/2024, 3/3/2024, 3/6/2024, 3/7/2024, 3/8/2024
  • Location: Colorado State University School of the Arts
  • 1400 Remington Street, University Center for the Arts
  • Fort Collins, CO 80524
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Price: No Charge/ CSU Students, $9/youth (under 18), $14/senior (62+), $18/adult
    • March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 7:30 p.m.; matinee March 2, 3, 2 p.m.
      Guest Directed by Dr. Ray Black
      Studio Theatre

      The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Fairview is a candid examination of race in contemporary American society. In a well-off African American household reminiscent of TV sitcoms, a black family is preparing for grandma’s birthday. A group of white spectators comment on the scene. When the play reverses the positions between spectator and spectacle, however, the audience is invited to face our deep-seated prejudices, examine the white gaze, and play our parts in America’s story.

      Timed to coincide with Black History Month, this brilliant play addresses racial injustice, speaking truth to power in a very theatrical way. In staging a play by Jamaican American playwright, Jackie Sibbles Drury (www.jackiesibbliesdrury.com), we also examine issues of who is represented – and how – on our stages.

      Dr. Ray Black is a CSU professor of ethnic studies focusing on African American studies. His primary academic focus is on how current students of color, from early childhood through graduate school, succeed. His secondary scholarly focus is on representations of Black life in slave narratives and other nineteenth century documents, and how these depictions conceal various modes of survival through literary irony and the folkloric trickster. Prof. Black teaches classes in Ethnic Studies and Black Cinema and Media Studies.