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Join theater artists Marcella Murray and David Neumann, along with collaborator Tei Blow in Primer for an Impossible Conversation as they unpack their years-long conversation around race. Blurring the lines of fiction and reality, 'Primer' gives Marcella (who's Black) and David (who's white) license to continue their talk begun several years ago while confronting racism on their university campus. Through a collage of imagery, movement, humor, and dialogue, we witness a snapshot of two people's process and desire to move closer towards understanding each other.
From the Artists:
“Primer for an Impossible Conversation is an articulation of two people’s desire to walk through fraught territories, and try to undo, even a little, what sustains our unjust system. As we imagine spaces beyond earth, we wonder if we’re able to undo the patterns of thought we’ve inherited. When we made Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed for the stage last year, Marcella asked: ‘What DO Black folks get out of this sort of thing besides teaching someone else something fundamental…again?’”
“I still cannot answer that question fully. The hope is to always create less suffering. However, I do find myself learning more about how I have internalized the current systems and expectations. I am unable to accept the imbalances with the same unawareness that I once did. As we work, the cost of it becomes clearer and makes obvious what must change. We have found ourselves in a place where I get to explore the question of what I would do when we intentionally center my perspective. Which is new.”
Primer for an Impossible Conversation is co-commissioned by the Wisconsin Union Theater and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This program was made possible with funds from the Marcia Legere Distinguished Playwright Residency Fund.
Each performance includes an artist talkback moderated by Caitlyn LoMonte, assistant director for social justice programs for the Multicultural Student Center at UW-Madison.
This performance is a special Pay-What-You-Can event. Please consider supporting the Wisconsin Union Theater with whatever amount feels appropriate!