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May 16 - 18, 2019 , Outcalt Theatre

The Magic Negro and Other Blackness

Written and Performed by Mark Kendall

Run time: 60 minutes, no intermission

Have you ever pondered the idea that Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham might be racially charged? How does one play the race card? (And what does that even mean?) Well, maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Using comedic sketches and improv, this hilarious one-man show examines the representation of black males in the media. From prison and white flight to “Reading Rainbow” and Black Jesus – we’ll explore some of the ways these images influence our views on race in everyday life.

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Mark Kendall

(Himself) is an Atlanta-based comedian. He is an ensemble member at Dad's Garage Theatre. His one man show, The Magic Negro and Other Blackness was produced by the Alliance Theatre and he continues to tour the show around the country. For his work with the show, he was awarded "Best more(Himself) is an Atlanta-based comedian. He is an ensemble member at Dad's Garage Theatre. His one man show, The Magic Negro and Other Blackness was produced by the Alliance Theatre and he continues to tour the show around the country. For his work with the show, he was awarded "Best Professional Funny Man" by Creative Loafing Atlanta in 2015. Mark studied film at Northwestern University. He worked at Comedy Central through the Chris Rock Summer School Program for up and coming comedy writers of color. During his time at Comedy Central, he got to pitch jokes to the writing staffs of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Roe Green

(Honorary Producer) is an arts patron, community activist, and chief executive officer of the Roe Green Foundation. With a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Theatre from Kent State University, her experience in stage and business management includes Cain more(Honorary Producer) is an arts patron, community activist, and chief executive officer of the Roe Green Foundation. With a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Theatre from Kent State University, her experience in stage and business management includes Cain Park, Cleveland Opera, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Today she is president emeritus of CAVORT, Inc., the Conference About Volunteers of Regional Theatres and serves on the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance advisory board, the foundation board of Kent State University, the board of Porthouse Theatre, the board of Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, FL, and the board of Cleveland Play House. She is responsible for the Roe Green Visiting Director Series for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State and the University of Colorado. Ms. Green has received numerous awards for her support of the arts and new play development including the 2009 State of Ohio Governor’s Award for Arts Patron, the Dramatist Guild’s Patron of the Arts Award (2013), the Muse Award (2014) from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and the Theatre Forward Chairman’s Award (2017). In 2013, she received the CPH Centennial Star Award that recognizes select individuals who have made special and important contributions to CPH’s rich legacy of artistic and educational programming. She is the first recipient of the CPH Super Nova Award (2015) in recognition of her leadership and generosity which has been instrumental in elevating CPH’s presentation of new works through New Ground Theatre Festival. 2019 marks the eighth year of the Roe Green Award at CPH which recognizes a playwright and the development of a new work.

Rachel Lerner-Ley

(CPH Dramaturg) is in her sixth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. Dramaturgy at CPH includes: Cicada, Tiny Houses, Minton’s Place, Ghost Party, The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A more(CPH Dramaturg) is in her sixth season at Cleveland Play House, where she is the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. Dramaturgy at CPH includes: Cicada, Tiny Houses, Minton’s Place, Ghost Party, The Chinese Lady, The Nolan Williams Project, CARE monologues, The Good Peaches, FEED, Little Row Boat, Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors, and the Violins of Hope concert with the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program and The Cleveland Orchestra. Additional dramaturgy credits: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Civilians, Actors Theatre of Louisville, WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University, Girl Be Heard. Graduate of Smith College. Member LMDA.

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