Theater from an African American Perspective
Two Old black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking
By Gus Edward
March 13, 2014 to April 13, 2014
Ethos/IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Avenue
General Admission $20,
Senior and Students $15
Henry and Abe don't really like one another, but like magnets the elderly duo is drawn to the same park bench every day. Together they sit somewhat bewildered by the world in front of them, by the news, the busy pace of passersby, and how invisible they have become to everyone around them. Over the years they have forged an abiding though cantankerous companionship and in the twilight of their lives they find themselves more intertwined than either had imagined. A poignant commentary on the nation's dwindling concern for our elders, Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking is a humorous and humbling portrait of the arc of human life.
I would highly recommend this play for all men and women – young and old – to obtain a birds-eye glimpse into the future of the aging process and how our past will ultimately shape our future,” Jay Whipple Trend Magazine.
“For all its horsing around, the play eloquently describes aging and the human condition, the frightening yet marvelous reality that we're unlikely to get life before it gets us in the end.” Tim Gihring Minnesota Monthly
Damaris Webb & PassinArt Present
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Incorporating the playwright’s Great-Great-Grandfather’s stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.
January 30th - February 16th
at Ethos/IFCC 5340 N Interstate Ave
week one1/30 - 2/2: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 3pm
week two 2/6 - 2/9: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 3pm
week three 2/13 - 2/16: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 3pm
and added Saturday 2/15 3pm ASL performance
$20 general, $10 students & seniors
Tickets available at the IFCC Box Office, which opens 30 minutes before curtain,
or in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com