Join Colloquy Collective at JACK for a reading of the anti-lynching drama "Safe" (1929), by Georgia Douglas Johnson, directed by Courtney Harge, followed by a discussion with Prof. Koritha Mitchell (Ohio State University).
Suggested donation: $5 - $10
The brief play depicts Liza, a pregnant mother, going into labor. After news of the lynching of an innocent black boy in town, Liza falls into a panicking state while her baby is born, and after learning that her baby is a boy, does the unthinkable.
Prof. Koritha Mitchell (Ohio State University) is an expert on anti-lynching plays and author of the book Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890 - 1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011)
In the early 1900s, many African-American playwrights and some white sympathizers wrote anti-lynching plays in an attempt to educate Americans to the everyday fears of young black men in the South and to drive this country towards racial justice. Given the renewed, legalized violence on black and brown bodies, JACK, in collaboration with the theater company Colloquy Collective, will present readings of five of these one-act anti-lynching plays throughout the spring, directed by Courtney Harge with professional actors. More info: http://www.jackny.org/strange-fruit.html