Brava Presents Type/Caste
A Solo Show About Acting While Black (& Queer)
Written and Performed by Rotimi Agbabiaka
Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
September 15 – October 1, 2016
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday | 8pm
$25 at door; $20 in advanced; $18 for seniors and students with a valid ID
In Type/Caste a queer, black actor dreams of a dazzling career on the American stage but will first have to leap over obstacles placed by an industry that isn't always welcoming to applicants who are neither white nor straight.
In his latest solo show Rotimi Agbabiaka shape-shifts from character to character and uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of mainstream American theatre.
Based on Rotimi’s real life experience as a professional actor, Type/Caste is a fast paced and humorous journey into the peaks, pitfalls, and hallucinations of a young artist's quest for success in a gentrified and commercialized industry as he attempts to create outsider art in a profession that favors insiders and in spite of the soul suck of capitalism. In this moment of #OscarsSoWhite, Type/Caste is a personal look at the politics of (mis-) representation on the American stage.
Read what the critics have to say about Type/Caste:
"Type/Caste is a curtain call for theater stereotypes" - 48 Hills, 9/7/2016
"Bay Area theater asks tough questions about race" - Link to SF Chronicle article 9/4/2016
Rotimi Agbabiaka‘s “fantastic autobiographical one-person show, Type/Caste, is equal parts hilarious, scathing, and emotional… a spectacular, neon-drenched coup-de-theatre.” – Marke Bieschke, 48 Hills
"A Black Actor Makes Art Out of Typecasting" – Ripple
Events & Special Performances:
Thursday, September 15 – Preview Performance ($15)
Friday, September 16 – Opening Night & Post-Performance Reception (open to all ticket holders)
Monday, September 19 – Industry Performance
Thursday, September 22 & 29 - Post Show Q&A (open to all ticket holders)