MIAMI – Oct. 15, 2022– Brévo Theatre (@brevo_theatre) is proud to present “Funnyhouse of a Negro” as its final production of the 2021-2022 season. The off-broadway performance originally created by Adrienne Kennedy in 1964 will take place on October 22 and October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Proscenium Theatre at the Little Haiti Cultural Center located at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33137. General admission tickets are $25.00. Tickets can be purchased at Brévo Theatre.
“Funnyhouse of a Negro,” directed by Zaylin Yates and part of the theatre’s “Dans le avant-garde” series, is a poetic and symbolic investigation into one woman’s mind before her death. Sarah has created four different personas as a way to grapple with her own self-hatred: Queen Victoria, the Duchess of Hapsburg, Jesus and Patrice Lumumba. With these four characters at her side, Sarah tries to make sense of her conception (from rape), her life without her parents, and the creeping insanity that she feels all around her. The cast for the show includes Jessica Raquel as Negro Sarah; Jamall Lynch as Patrice Lumumba, Naomi Ray-Barnett as Queen Victoria Regina, Chasity Hart as the Duchess of Hapsburg and Omari White as Jesus and Funnyhouse Man. It also stars Onyekachi “Onyi” Anyagaligbo as Sarah’s Landlord/Funnyhouse Woman.
The October 23 show will be followed by a symposium entitled “Between Two Worlds,” that deals with colorism and self-identity. This symposium will feature a panel of special guests and focus on mental and emotional healing for biracial men and women. A partnership between Brévo Theatre and South Florida AfroPride, the session will tackle topics on how the community can seek emotional healing. Learning tools to practice self-love and embracing all the things that define our humanity. Mental illness, self-hate, and the need to be socially accepted are issues that currently plague the Black and BIPOC communities. Admission to the symposium will be free and will directly follow the performance. The Symposium will also be streamed online via Zoom and Facebook Live.
“This is a play that is near and dear to our hearts. We’re hoping to continue the dialogue around mental health that Kennedy began more than 60 years ago, as it is a topic that continues to be relevant today, especially among Black and Brown communities,” says Zaylin Yates, co-founder of Brévo Theatre.
Brévo Theatre’s mission is to enrich the community, share thought-provoking narratives and create nurturing environments through the arts.
This production contains strong language.
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