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Am I Black Enough Yet?

theatre · i.s.m.o theatre company · Ages 13+ · United States

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No matter who you are, or where you come from, for one night you get to be African American in this touching, thoughtful, and hysterically funny look at the state of Blackness in America. Written By Clinton A. Johnston, AM I BLACK ENOUGH YET? was first performed at No Shame Theater in Charlottesville Virgina and then remounted twice due to popular demand with The Hamner Theatre & Charter Theatre in Washington D.C.!

The LA Weekly says “GO!”: “Playwright Clinton Johnston’s piece humorously explores what it means to be black in America today. Casting aside the burdensome moorings of political correctness, five actors (Nika Williams, J. Patrick Wise, Matthew Eisenberg, Katherine DuBois, and Kenny Cooper) adroitly work through ten vignettes that lampoon everything from ghetto slang to diversity run amok and even homophobia. It makes for a hilarious, thought-provoking, and sometimes unsettling 85-minutes.”-Lovell Estell III

LA Theatre Review says: “Am I Black Enough Yet? could be about a lot of things. Thankfully, it transcends heavy handed cultural and ethnic issues to find a balance of humor and heart that, let’s face it, is probably more endangered in today’s theatre.” – Vince Duvall

The Washington Post calls AM I BLACK ENOUGH YET? “…a patchwork of poignant and satirical skits grappling with questions of ethnicity…Johnston’s bold tonal shifts add surprise and texture to the piece, which is always thoughtful…”

Potomac Stages calls AM I BLACK ENOUGH YET? “simultaneously delightful and thoughtful…The strength of this piece is in its language, its humor, its humanity and its generous spirit – not in elaborate sets or visual effects. It is an enjoyably engaging evening without rancor but not without a strong viewpoint.”

From DC Theatre Scene “This creative script tackles sensitive, poignant, hilarious even bizarre issues involving race and race relations… AM I BLACK ENOUGH YET? raises important issues, without bringing unnecessary baggage”

AM I BLACK ENOUGH YET? has just enough bite to make a point without puncturing, posturing, or preaching.

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production team

roger payano *
director, producer
matthew eisenberg *
assistant director, co-producer

* Fringe Veteran