The Black Jew Dialogues: A Jew and a Black Talk About What Divides/Unites These Minorities
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The last date listed for The Black Jew Dialogues was Saturday January 15, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Starting in 1926 and spanning 80 years, moving between Poland and America, Our Class is an epic play that's profoundly affected audiences and critics since its premiere at London's National Theatre. Ten Polish classmates -- five Catholic and five Jewish -- grow up over the course of the story. Their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet, then German, then Soviet again. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that forever haunts the survivors. Based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Our Class is a groundbreaking play that courageously examines loyalty and treason, individual bravery and collective cowardice and the actions that ripped apart a small community during the Second World War. Learn More
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This event used comedy to bring out some of the thought processes that go on in the minds of Americans regarding race whether concious or not. In this case, the focus is specifically toward the Jewish and Black population. It definitely made me laugh and was something I could relate to. I would recommend it.
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- "Gets to the heart of what divides people." —<em>Boston Globe </em>
- "Matzah and Motown meet <em>Avenue Q</em>!" —<em>The Courant</em>
Written and performed by Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tish
Directed by Margaret Ann Brady
What's so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? That's what you'll find out in this extraordinary two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism within the context of the American Black-Jew experience. The Black Jew Dialogues combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, and multi-media to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S. and the U.K.
The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2006. In September 2007 it was the only American play invited to perform at the Leeds Jewish Performing Arts Festival in England. Since then, The Black Jew Dialogues has been touring to universities, high schools, synagogues, and theaters throughout the U.S. with great success.
In The Black Jew Dialogues, Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones take the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride through three days they spent together in a cheap hotel room discussing their own experiences, the history of their people, and why there has been a growing rift between the two groups since the early 1970s. Through their dialogue the audience gains insight to the true nature of prejudice and how our inability to face our own biases separate us in ways that we may not even think about. The comic journey begins in the Egypt of the Pharaohs and travels through Africa, colonial times, to present-day America.
The Black Jew Dialogues is an exhilarating and insightful look at the state of race and cultural relations in America. You'll learn as much as you'll laugh.