One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

February 16, 2015 9:00 PM

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One Playwright's 'Obligation' To Confront Race And Identity In The U.S.

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins may be only 30 years old, but he's already compiled an impressive resume. His theatrical works, which look at race and identity in America, have been performed in New York and around the country. Last year, Jacobs-Jenkins won the best new American play Obie Award for two of his works, Appropriate and An Octoroon.

In the first scene, a man dressed only in his underwear walks onstage, takes a long look at the audience and says, morosely: "Hi everyone, I'm a 'black playwright.' "

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