The Dance, About History of American Minstrelsy, Gets NY Premiere

News   The Dance, About History of American Minstrelsy, Gets NY Premiere
The New York Premiere of the satire The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy, will be presented Feb. 22-March 3 at the Richmond Shepard Theatre, presented by InThaCut Inc.

The show is co-directed and performed by Aaron White and Jason Christophe White; the latter wrote the script. According to press notes, the show "educates audiences about the fascinating history of American minstrelsy from the perspective of two African-American performers in blackface makeup who challenge the audience to reflect on the deep entrenchment of racial stereotypes in our culture. Using past and present day images and a text developed from six years of research, as well as an arsenal of props taken from two suitcases, The Dance ultimately helps us realize that no matter what race we are, we all wear masks."

In its L.A. run, The Dance was nominated for three NAACP Theater Awards and three LA Weekly Awards for Best Playwright, Best Ensemble and Best Director.

The Richmond Shepard Theatre is located at 309 East 26th Street in Manhattan. For tickets call (212) 868-4444 or visit For more information visit

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