Created, Written & Performed by Keith A. Wallace
Co-Created by Deborah Stein
Directed by Malika Oyetimein
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With its five acts structured as the four quarters and overtime of a basketball game, The Bitter Game tells the story of Jamel Smith, who witnesses a neighborhood act of violence as a child and later must learn to navigate his interactions with police. Based on the playwright-actor Keith A. Wallace’s youth in Philadelphia, this multi-character performance brilliantly explores the experience of being Black in America. Warning: contains strong language.
The Bitter Game is a traveling theater experience that will take place outdoors on The Wallis promenade terrace.
Post-show discussion will take place immediately after the Friday, November 16th performance. Moderated by Shamell Bell (Choreographer and organizer, Black Lives Matter Los Angeles).
Sign Language Interpreted Performance will be held on Saturday, November 17th.
CREATIVE COLLABORATION THEATER WORKSHOP - A two hour workshop with actor and activist Keith Wallace - will take place on November 11th. Click here for more information.
“High-impact ... a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theater.” – The New York Times
Venue: PROMENADE TERRACE
Running Time: approximately 55 minutes with no intermission
Read the program notes here.