It's no secret that the creative arts are a great vehicle for bringing people together to engage with insightful, often difficult discussions about issues like race. The Clackamas Repertory Theatre will be hosting such an opportunity with the west coast premier of "Queens Girl in the World." The play, written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, directed by Damaris Webb, and featuring Lauren Steele will be showing from Sep. 5-29 and will feature post and pre-show lectures on select dates from Dr. Maude Hines, Professor of English and African American Studies at Portland State University; Percy Hampton, a founding member Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party; and Dr. Pancho Savery, Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College. According to the Clackamas Repertory Theatre:
"Queens Girl in the World, the hit play of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., is a charming, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story about a young black girl in the 60s. This one-woman show includes not just our heroine, the engaging Jacqueline Marie Butler, but 12 more characters including her Caribbean father, imperious mother, girlfriends and boyfriends, as she moves from the safety of her sheltered Queens neighborhood to a new school in Greenwich Village. There, where she is one of only four black students and where race suddenly matters, she begins to wonder where she belongs in the world."
For more info or to get your tickets, visit the Clackamas Repertory Theatre event page.