Bradshaw's Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed to Play Brooklyn's Brick

News   Bradshaw's Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed to Play Brooklyn's Brick
The world premiere of a double-bill of Thomas Bradshaw companion pieces, Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed, will go up Feb. 8-March 3, 2007, at The Brick in Brooklyn, NY.

The Immediate Theatre Company will present the run, which stars Jerry Zellers, Nikole Williams, Barrett Doss, Derrick Sanders, Joseph Carusone, Zach Lombardo, Frank J. Caiati and Siho Ellsmore.

José Zayas, the artistic director of The Immediate Theater Company, will direct the production. The design team is Ryan Elliot Kravetz (set designer), Jim French (lighting designer), Mel Haley (costume designer) and Jeremy Wilson (sound designer).

According to press notes, "Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist is an absurdist look at the absurd life of Senator Strom Thurmond. After fathering a child with his black maid as a young man, the extremely white Strom Thurmond became one of the country's greatest segregationists; all the while playing daddy to young Essie Mae Washington Williams. When's a racist not a racist? How could someone live such a duplicitous life?" Cleansed is "about a black doctor, his white wife and the challenges their mixed daughter faces growing up in a white-bread Indiana town."

Bradshaw's other plays include Purity, which will go up at P.S. 122 in January 2007, and Prophet, which previously played P.S. 122.

The Brick is on 575 Metropolitan Ave between Union and Lorimer Streets. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, visit

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