This play, presented as a staged reading within the LAB program, is about race and society. It made quickly headlines after its premiere in the US for its provocative examination of racial identity in the supposedly post-racial, post-Obama United States.
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Neighbors is part of Colorblind?
, a series of programming at English Theatre Berlin examining the portrayal of racial identity on stage and in dramatic literature.
Have you seen the new neighbors? Richard Patterson is an upwardly mobile African-American academic. The family of minstrel performers that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless and uncouth. They are not just invading his neighborhood - they're infiltrating his family, his sanity and his entire post-racial lifestyle.
Neighbors quickly made headlines after its premiere at New York’s Public Theater in 2010 for its provocative examination of racial identity in the supposedly post-racial, post-Obama United States. Jacobs-Jenkins, an African-American in his mid-20s, uses the divisive, racist tradition of minstrel shows (a 19th century form of theater in the United States, featuring white and sometimes black performers in blackface as stereotyped caricatures of black persons) to ask hard questions about race and society.
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Dieses Stück, präsentiert als szenische Lesung innerhalb des LAB Programmes, beschäftigt sich provokativ mit den Themen Rassismus und Gesellschaft. Die provokative Betrachtung der USA als vermeintlich post-rassistische Nation in einer Post-Obama Ära, sorgte schnell für kontroverse Schlagzeilen.
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