The Box Marked Black
written and performed by Damaris Webb,
directed by Debra Disbrow, dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes
What does it mean to be black? Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned? What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue?
The Box Marked Black is a tender solo performance piece, tracing the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era. With only Jenny Willis fromThe Jeffersons as a guide, our multi-disciplinary storyteller creates narrative from the perspective of both sides of her interracial family, embodying multiple characters, childhood memories (including a "Roots" sock puppet re-enactment) and fantasy.
"Yes, I knew the issue of diversity was important, but not till Damaris Webb inThe Box Marked Blackdid diversity, dance, sing, do a puppet show-- and winningly speak from, and to, the heart."- Michael Wolk,Executive Director, All For One Theater Festival - NYC
THE BOX MARKED BLACK is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Damaris Webb is a performer, director and teaching artist. Her work explores the intersection of contemplative dance, improvisational performance art, and contemporary theater. NYC Performance highlights include Ashira from The Continuing Adventures of Ashira69!, a weekly Cast Member in Zero Boy's 10-Spot/World War Zero, Witness Relocation's The Blue Bird, SITI Company Member's 23 Seconds about John Cage and The Modern Dance Awareness Society's somaphrase: dancing the translation last summer in Andros, Greece. As Artistic Director of The Tennessee Project, she was responsible for over ten seasons of original and pre-scripted works that explored everything from Shakespeare to comic book superheroes. She holds her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, and her BFA from NYU'sExperimental Theater Wing.
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5340 N Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217
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