By Zachariah Ezer
Directed by Dominique Rider
Half paranoid conspiracy thriller, half Kafkaesque ghost story, Address the Body! takes a bracing look into the banalest of evils: the university bureaucracy. When Cree and Blair, the only two Black members of The Presidential Committee on Slavery and its Afterlife, notice something amiss at their new work-study job, they uncover a racist plot at the heart of America’s most prestigious university. Lost African legacies, treasonous Latin mottos, and experimental Japanese technology come together in this Afropessimistic examination of slavery and repatriation.
Contains mature content including discussions of racism and imagery that some audiences might find disturbing. Suitable for 17+.
Runtime is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
View the playbill for UTNT (UT New Theatre).
About the Playwright
Zachariah Ezer is a playwright who animates theoretical quandaries through dramaturgical forms. Selected plays include The Freedom Industry (New York Stage and Film, The Playwrights’ Center), An Unclear World (Hi-ARTS) and Black Women in Tech (The Fire This Time Festival). Ezer is a James A. Michener Fellow for the class of 2023 and a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice, and he is currently under commission by Theater J.
About the Director
Dominique Rider is a Brooklyn-based director whose work seeks to answer the question: “What is a world unmade by slavery?” while attempting to analyze the layers of anti-blackness that maintain the world we live in. Deploying theatre and performance as tools of Afropessimism, Rider has developed and staged work with the Park Avenue Armory, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Princeton University, The Shed, the National Black Theatre, Two River Theater and Portland Center Stage, among others.
February 22, 24-25 at 7:30 p.m.
February 18 at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a post-performance talkback following the performance on February 18 at 2:00 p.m. featuring a discussion centering repatriation with Emily Aguilar (Indigenous Cultures Institute), Dominique Rider (director), Zachariah Ezer (playwright) and moderator Gabrielle Lewis.
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