Department of Theatre

Am I Next? Voices from Wilmington, NC

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November 12th-15th and November 19th-22nd.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. (EST) and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m. (EST) 
All performances are free of charge.

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Am I Next? cast photo Students in the UNCW Department of Theatre have devised a production that centers Black lives. They have created a tapestry of voices that interweaves the pain of the past, celebrates Black culture, and exposes the ongoing racism and brutality of the present. Modeled, in part, after Anna Deavere Smith’s verbatim theatre practice, the piece is a combination of new work created by the students and verbatim interviews that they conducted with friends, family, local activists, local university professors, scholars, university students and community leaders.

Wilmington is one of the epicenters of atrocity for people of color in this country, with a coup d’état in 1898 that resulted in the theft of land, power, prestige, and dignity from the Black community, in addition to the slaughter of hundreds of Black citizens. This violent overthrow silenced the prominent local Black-owned newspaper, murdered Black government officials and business owners, and replaced them with White folks, a pattern followed across the country to keep Black people from being treated as equals and fellow citizens. No one has ever been brought to justice for these murders or for the destruction of property and livelihoods.

Students in the department have been creating this piece with this history at their doorstep; the wounds of racism and white supremacy are clearly still present, as Black voices within the university struggle to be heard and seen, and as Black people across the country consistently face brutality and injustice. In this production, our students speak in their own voices and in those of community members, aiming to reveal the deep wounds of American racial history while also sharing moments of light, love, and celebration.

Am I Next? Voices from Wilmington, NC contains profanity and imagery of police brutality cases, racial biases, and other possible triggers that may not be suitable for some audience members.

 

Co-sponsored by UNCW Black Student Union.

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