“Dramatically brilliant, physically exhilarating,” raves The New York Times. Bessie Award-winning Mr. TOL E. RAncE is the first installment of Camille A. Brown’s trilogy on black identity. Inspired by Spike Lee’s provocative movie Bamboozled, and Mel Watkins’s book On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy from Slavery to Chris Rock, Brown’s work celebrates the humor and perseverance of the black performer while examining stereotypes that still dominate popular Black culture. Comedy, animation, and theater come together with live soul-stirring music and compositions from award-winning artists to engage the audience in a timely dialogue.
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