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I Am Not Sam

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 8:00 p.m.

Venue: August Wilson Center
Admission Info: $28.25

Event Category: Theater

External Link: Event Website

Michael Phillip Edwards’s fiery one-person play is less a drama in the traditional sense than a blistering rumination on identity and race, and the toll racism takes on American men of color. Its urgency erupts not from events per se but from the inner dialogue of the pivotal speaker, an elderly black man named Sam who simultaneously burns with racial pride and shame.  Edwards’ characters include Sam, his white middle-class son-in-law, a lawyer, and his mixed-race grandson, Benjamin, who was once a college football player and now an actor with enough film credits to be recognized –- well, sort of –- by the guards who monitor the prison cell where he now finds himself. Though Edwards alternates among these three and several other minor characters, it is Sam who commands the stage most often as he struggles with the question of --- “What is Black?”

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