Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith, Trinity Repertory Company, 2/25/11-4/3/11. http://www.trinityrep.com/on_stage/current_season/DM.php Contains mature language and themes
Reviewed by Becca Kidwell
“We hate everything we are told to hate until we realize it is us, ourselves, a new baby just had as we lower her into the well.” Laurie Carlos, Director
Are we the products of our past? As if being birthed from their own parents’ hatred, Rachel Christopher as Alma and Joe Wilson, Jr. as Eugene enter to rhythmic breathing and begin to tell their separate, yet intermingling stories of their lives. Under the direction of Laurie Carlos, Trinity Rep creates an evening of dance and poetry–of lives brought together–and torn apart.
Alma is raised by her mother Odelia who passes on her ingrained hatred of being dark-skinned. Alma complains about being fat and big, but even in childhood Eugene is attracted to her. Eugene grows up being hated for his light-skin by many Continue reading