Coppin Repertory Theatre presents “Suspects in America”
It’s comedy and drama; it’s hip-hop, Shakespeare and rap. We confront each other in the United States Court of Racial Seclusion, where guilt and innocence are determined by public opinion.
We’re the ones who suffer, but are we “the public?” Who and what are “suspected?” Who’s on trial? Who accuses? Who stands up for black men? Who stands up for black women? What’s the role of the police . . . the judge? Can culture kill? Can culture cure? How? When?
Willie Holmes, founder and executive director of Blacken Blues Theater of African-American Life in Dallas, Texas, asked these questions several years ago, when he wrote this play. But some of his words could have been written yesterday. Using thought-provoking wit and a mixture of genres, he challenges us to dig deeply into our pain, to consider our healing . . . to find our souls and ourselves. Mr. Holmes will discuss his play with us here at Coppin, in the Theatre Lab, after the performances on Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Join us on this journey.