by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
A Producing Partnership with Playwrights Foundation; Show Sponsors, Ruth & William Isenberg; Supported, in part, by The Zellerbach Family and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations
“Breathtakingly on-point new comedy”
-Nelson Pressley, Washington Post
Marquis and Tru, both 14 and black, meet one evening in the holding cell of a police station. Marquis is a Nietzsche-loving prep-schooler, adopted by white people and living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a super smart, Tupac loving, kid from central Baltimore. Tru decides Marquis has lost his blackness and pens a how-to manual for him entitled “Being Black for Dummies.” They navigate through both Marquis’ world of cheerleaders, jocks, headmasters and Tru’s world in Baltimore all while they debate, struggle and ultimately develop a friendship that reveals that maybe Tupac and Nietzsche were saying the same thing all along.
“Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies” is a comedic and truthful examination of growing up black in America by rising-star playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm.
Tru: Tre’Vonne Bell
Marquis: Jesse Franklin Charles Vaughn
Hunter: Peter Alexander
Prairie: Delaney Corbitt
Clementine: Rebecca Hodges
Meadow: Ari Lagomarsino
Debra: Jessica Risco
Borzoi: BE Rivers
Fielder: Max Seijas
Director: Lisa Marie Rollins
Assistant Director/ Dramaturg: Brit Frazier
Stage Manager: Rachel Mogan
Costumes: Maggie Whitaker
Lights: Maxx Kurzunski*
Scenic: Celeste Martore
Sound: Chris Sauceda
Props: Stephanie Dittbern*
Projections: Sarah Phykitt*
*member, Custom Made Theatre Co.
West Coast Premiere
Learn why Nietzsche and Tupac were basically saying the same thing.
Now Extended until April 7th!
Critics on HOODED!
“A darkly comedic and deeply astute look at the many ways of being black in America.” –SF Chronicle
“For experts and dummies alike, Hooded shares a secret that everyone can learn from. Certainly, a must-see.” -Theatrius
“Hooded reads as pure poetry, brought to life by the talents and charisma of (Tre’Vonne) Bell and (Jesse) Vaughn.” –Daily Cal
“Funny and thoughtful… manages to directly engage issues of race and justice without being didactic (or) patronizing.” –TheatreStorm
“(A) devilishly funny and challenging play.” –Marin Independent Journal