Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness
"What I remember most about that first stop was that he asked "Where you headed." Not "license, registration and proof of insurance, please" but "Where you headed." Eighteen years, nine months and sixteen days of riding in cars with nothing but white people and not once had an officer pulled us over and opened with "Where you headed?"
On the heels of a United States Department of Justice investigation into the Seattle Police Department's patterns and practices of constitutional violations regarding use of force, as well as serious concerns about biased policing. BrownBox African-American Theatre hosts Seattle solo performer Chad Goller-Sojourner's highly anticipated sophomore show Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness, for 6 performances, at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, Thursday, April 11th through Sunday April 21st.
Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness is the groundbreaking and crushingly honest story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white parents, "ages out" of honorary white and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics, and conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise. At times funny, biting, and somber, Riding in Cars with Black People unpacks race, privilege, and identity formation like only a transracial adoptee can. Ultimately demonstrating how even the most painful of experiences can be reclaimed, transformed and accepted for what they are: the building blocks of our unique identities.
Chad Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer and recipient of a distinguished Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and featured on NPR. Most recently he was selected as the 2013 Ohio University Glidden Visiting Professor. In 2008 he premiered his inaugural solo show: Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy, which he continues to tour nationally.
DIRECTIONS FROM WPC14 to Rainier Valley Cultural Center
1. Catch complementary hotel airport shuttle (when boarding tell driver you want off at Sound Transit Light Rail Station). Note: trains leaving this station all head into the city.
2. Take Light Rail four stops to the Columbia City Station/Exit and walk in direction train is moving, until you see Alaska Street
3. Take Right onto Alaska and walk three blocks, The Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska St) will be on your right.
DIRECTIONS FROM Rainier Valley Cultural Center to WPC14
1. Turn Left onto Alaska and walk back to the Columbia City Station, only this time catch an outbound train located on the furthest west tracks.
2. Exit at Sea-Tac Airport Stop (last one) and follow signs to Parking Garage Level 3, where you can call/catch a shuttle at Island 1 & 3 back to the hotel.
Rainier Valley Cultural Center (View)
3515 S Alaska street
Seattle, WA 98118