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“The White Dress” by Roger Q. Mason
July 19, 2019 | 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until July 20, 2019
Meet the Howard family: Theo is a busy black attorney; Hazel is his dutiful Filipina wife; and their son is bright, promising Jonathan. No, f**k that – here’s the Howard family: Theo has been pushed in the closet; Hazel’s Tiger mom tactics have kept him there; and all Jonathan wants to do is kiss Winnie, wear femme clothes, and love themself.
Part religious rite, part dance/performance, The White Dress is Jonathan Howard’s genderqueer coming-of-age journey through familial shaming, peer bullying, and unrequited love to redefine what male looks, sounds and feels like. Underscored live by Brooklyn-based DJ SunSon PDX and directed and choreographed by Adin Walker, The White Dress features a music and movement score that accentuates Jonathan’s odyssey to be free in their own skin.
This upcoming production comes after an acclaimed workshop production as part of the Araca Project, which was advocated for by influencers including Condola Rashad and Sara Ramirez.
Playwright Roger Q. Mason’s lauded script has been named Finalist for The Lark Playwrights’ Week and the inaugural ScreenCraft Stage Play Prize, judged by David Lindsay-Abaire. It was also semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival and the first annual Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Fellowship.
The cast of The White Dress features C. Bain*, Atticus Cain*, Ian Smith*, Stanley Mathabane, Aurea Tomeski*. *Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association in this Equity-approved Showcase.