The Beyonce Effect

Written by: Katori Hall
Directed by: Martin Damien Wilkins

Is there post black black theatre? If so, what are the stories? Amid the diffusion of the term post black black in American society and art, seven up-and-coming playwrights of African descent including Deborah Asiimwe, Radha Blank, Kelley Girod, Katori Hall, Derek Lee McPhatter, Germono Toussaint, and Pia Wilson have come together to answer these questions. The Fire This Time Festival showcases new short plays as a special Black History Month offering at the Horse Trade Theater. The Festival explores the diverse possibilities of contemporary American drama and challenging new directions for 21st century black theatre.
In opposite corners of the world, three brown women, one Indian, one Ugandan, and one American struggle with their quest for lighter skin and European features in a world where if you white you right and if you black, get back.