MFA Lab Series: White


February 9 - 11, 2018
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
1949 Campus Drive, Evanston

By James Ijames
Directed by Tasia A. Jones

A young white artist expects to get his big break in a contemporary art museum as part of a major exhibition. When he's told by the museum's new curator that no "white dudes" will be considered he hires a black actress to represent his work. it doesn’t take long for the situation to spin out of control as the scheme nosedives into deeper issues of race, gender, sexuality, and art.

A post-show discussion will follow each performance.

Running Time: 90 Minutes, no intermission

JAMES IJAMES (Playwright) is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington DC) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright's Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for SUPERIOR DONUTS and ANGELS IN AMERICA and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for THE BROTHERS SIZE with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ....MIZ MARTHA and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award.  James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a MFA in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia. (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

TASIA A. JONES (Director) is a professional director, actor and theater educator hailing from Boston, MA. Her recent directing credits include NO CHILD (Northwestern University) FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (Boston University), HIDDEN FACES OF COURAGE (On With Living and Learning), OLEANNA (Can't Wait Productions) and the world premiere production of MARGARET IN SEARCH OF HERSELF (ARRT/New African Company). She has appeared in such works as SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY MORNING (The Lyric Stage Company), GOOD TELEVISION (Zeitgeist Stage Company), THE EMBRYOS (Fresh Ink), and THE BLUEST EYE (Company One). She holds a BFA in theatre arts from Boston University and is currently in the MFA Directing Program at Northwestern University.

Scenic Designer: Scott Penner
Costume Designer: Sanja Manakowski
Lighting Designer: Joseph Franjoine
Sound Designer: Grover Hollway
Stage Manager: Desiree Applewhite

Performance Schedule
FRI   8:00PM
SAT  2:00 & 8:00PM
SUN  2:00PM

Ticket Prices
General Public: $10
NU Students $6/Adv. $10/door
Tickets are nonrefundable after final purchase.
Exchanges are available. An exchange fee of $3.00 is applied per ticket.