Soho Playhouse, Soho, New York discussed on All of It


Thank you for being you income into these shows because one of the things that I really love about this show is it here we are in SoHo and we get to see a mix of people from all over New York in this space. I thought you saw she was there. I mean, not to say that there isn't great great programming at the SoHo playhouse, it's incredible. I mean, you know, there's so many amazing shows there, and they are doing so many great innovative things at that theatre. And one of which I think that is attractive about this show is I mean people from Harlem or coming down to SoHo I've had people come all the way out from jersey and queens black people from all over the place, and then they are mixing with what you consider to be. You know, your your average white theatergoers. Am to have for instance, the part, you know, apart that you were talking about is when I go the hardest person you've ever known to have black people go Grammy. And they guess who it's going to be before him because it is their experience talk about. I was like I taught my cousins the my white cousins the greatest black card game of all time. Black people yell spades. It's it's like to watch to audiences who typically. Experienced things and watch things differently. Black people are very vocal when they watch things, and why people are much more reserved when they watch things. So to have these two people interacting with each other at the exact same time is just so amazing. And it gives everybody the the ability to laugh because laughter is a universal expression. And it makes us all the same. Even if for a moment, we're all being vulnerable. We're saying, hey, I'm going to show you how I feel about something. And so when everybody gets on board with that man is a good. I guess is Bill -posedly the name this show is the day. I became black it runs through may six at. So hopefully, how so you can put up this list of of things that people call biracial kids. Yeah. I I have a biracial son falls into the superhero category. We call it bluish can Jewish Jewish. Yes. You have another name for. Because you you make the point that like these are two cultures like if you can survive both of what these cultures have survived. You are. You have another you have another strength. So out of that list. Some one is just sort of creative. And funny. Was there one that you were ever called or referred to that really hurt your feelings? Yeah. Zebra kid. That is the that is the the number one that one hurt the most. Because I just like. Understand why I was being called that. And and you know, I make a point in the show to say, I wasn't just called it by white people. I was called by black people to and let me tell you when black people are prejudiced. It hurts way more because you're like really like if anybody should understand what it's like to be looked down upon her or to be condescended. It's you, and you feel the need to do it to me it hurts way more. So. Yeah. Man, zebra kid is the one that hurt the most because I think it's also the most. Humanizing, and I it just hurt. Yeah. Although I'd say some of the kids that they've taken swirl back swirls back. I'm not lying. Basketball. I guess sometimes. But you know, like swirls like me. Oh, he's okay. It's kind of interesting when you take possession of something back. Interesting idea big part of the show, and I don't wanna give anything away because I want people to go. See NBC surprised is you really get into the concept of racism social construct, right? And you prove your point in the show that this is something that has been designations made by individuals to create system. Right. And and the like, I'm curious if that's where you meant to go with it. Or is that something that you sort of discovered along the way? Yeah. I think it's something that I discovered along the way. Which is you know, just the idea that like. I am somebody who. No matter who altruistic Lee wants to believe in everything is everything's gonna be. We're all love. Everything's gonna be great. Everything's going to be beautiful. I am. You know, but pollyanna in that and want to give everybody a benefit of the doubt in a chance and all that stuff. But that doesn't always set up with the world around me, and what is already kind of in place. Be it the way I'm perceived the way a other people's viewpoints of an African American in our society is is kind of perceived the idea that like I think I'm going to run around in every situation, and people are always going to give me the benefit of the doubt is naive. And so. Sometimes that ends up creating a little backlash as it does at the end of the show. And you can get me in trouble. Sometimes and the other thing I also wanna say is that the show is called the day became black. And it's just the understanding that there's a day that you realize you are perceived a certain way in our society, and that that's across the board. Right. I try in elaborate a little bit more at the end. But like there's a day that a woman realizes what it means to be a woman in this country the same way, I realized what it means to be black. There's some day that somebody who's gay realize what it means to be gay in this country the same way, I did what it means to be black and even even a white person in this country. There's a day that they realized that they're white. And whether that is realizing there is a level of privilege that comes with that or realizing that they don't want what's associated with that. And I'm not saying that it is the exact same as what those other three women people of color, and and people in the LGBT community experience, but they still experience something, and there it is a universal understanding that we are all responsible for putting each other in those boxes and labeling each other all blank do this because you're this. I. Think blank like those are all things that we are all battling against and at the same time responsible for perpetuating before. I let you go and do wasn't very difficult themes, you show some video, you know, video that we don't see on the news because we don't see the extended videos of certain examples of police brutality way too, many examples of police brutality, but you do have this idea of this mirror. This idea of having people look at people who are not like them for an extended period of time. Tell tell folks about that before you go. Yes. So part of the show we at I had it in the back of a truck. It was like my opponent man's Maria. Brahma they itch. And so we were taking the truck around the different areas in New York, and we would open it up and invite people go in the back of the truck and when they walked in. There was just this mirror and everybody thought it was a mere and when they walked in front of the mirror. Somebody else would would walk out. And they were different person, and the they would stare into a mirror of somebody who didn't look like them in the only thing that they were allowed to say is I am you, and you are me and for one minute they shared the same space. And that's something that we will be bringing back this next month later this next month before the show because we don't ever like just look at each other and drop all of the labels that come with it. And we just stare and say, I am you, and you are me because at the end of the day, most of our experiences or human they may be specifically different. But we all have the same human, emotion and human extent, fear pain loss. Love anger, all of those things. And once we drop all the preconceived stuff, and we're just there with another human being we can embrace our differences and cherish our similarities much, much more. And so that's what that experience was. In has been and I mean, let me tell you from laughter to crying to miming hearts that say, I love you. I mean, it has been such a magical thing and people have just really really responded to it in a way. I can't even imagine. And it is great. It has been really really great supposedly show the day. I became black is running now at the SoHo playhouse through may sixth bell. Thanks for coming to all of it. Thank you very much. And also just so, you know, we extended we are all the way until may twenty seven now. Ex lax says, oh, yeah. Please come out. I appreciate it everybody. And thank you so much for coming. And you're amazing. And this is this shows amazing. I appreciate it. Thanks, man. After break, it's a regular mind day segment with classical music, fix from w burn hill..

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