This new drama explores the emotional violence of segregation through the playing of a forbidden basketball game between black and white teens in the pressure cooker of 1950's Jim Crow Alabama. More…
Inspired by compelling personal recollections from the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, 'Separate and Equal' is told through a dynamic hybrid of basketball and modern dance and performed to an original jazz soundtrack composed specifically for the production. The story follows those on the very cusp of adulthood, not yet consumed by the prejudices of their parents, as they struggle to break free from the repetitious cycle of racism.
See it if you enjoy history presented in an extremely up close and personal way; you appreciate the choreography of basketball; you can concentrate
Don't see it if you don't like being in the middle of a fast moving, intense theater experience with an historical lesson; you only like musicals.
See it if historical drama about racism & the effects of Jim Crow laws in 1950s Alabama; basketball game with well choreographed moves
Don't see it if want an uplifting show with happy ending; would be uncomfortable being extremely close to basketball action, want more character development
See it if you like what live theater is all about. Quite an experience. The melding of basketball. choreography and dialogue is exquisite.
Don't see it if tough language, segregation or being too close to the actors is not for you.
See it if If you are interested in what segregation was like, political theater, American history, plays with a lot of physical action.
Don't see it if If you have no interest in seeing simulated sports onstage, If you don't like loud plays with a lot of movement,
See it if You love great acting, thought provoking creative theater.
Don't see it if You don’t want to enhance your creativity and understanding of how racially unjust America is.
See it if You want a moving play with authentic dialogue and an honest portrayal of segregation in Alabama at the tail end of Jim Crow.
Don't see it if You don't want an intimate seating/stage experience. You have trouble following along with thick Southern accents and slang.
See it if You like theater based on racial history in the south and don't mind watching a prolonged basketball challenge.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a sport on stage or aren't interested in plays about racial prejudice.