Harvard’s American Repertory Theater is putting on a segregated for Black people only performance Friday night of Macbeth in Stride, a ‘Black female power’ take on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
MacBeth in Stride promotional photo by Lauren Miller.
A notice at the the theater’s website states, “We have designated this performance to be an exclusive space for Black-identifying audience members. For our non-Black allies, we appreciate your support in making this a completely Black-identifying evening. We invite you to join us at another performance during the run. Proof of vaccination or negative test results required to attend. Please enter promo code BLACKOUT or another promo code to access this performance.”
The American Repertory Theater blurb for MacBeth in Stride:
“A dazzling theatrical event created by Obie Award-winning artist Whitney White and performed by White and an ensemble with a live band, Macbeth In Stride examines what it means to be an ambitious Black woman through the lens of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters. The first of White’s five-part series commissioned by A.R.T. excavating the women from Shakespeare’s canon, the production uses pop, rock, gospel, and R&B to trace the fatalistic arc of Lady Macbeth while lifting up contemporary Black female power, femininity, and desire. Directors Tyler Dobrowsky and Taibi Magar (We Live in Cairo) co-stage this groundbreaking world premiere with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.”
In a statement on the theater’s homepage, the theater claims to be anti-racism:
“A.R.T. is centering anti-racism as a core value, including in our policies, structure, programming, philanthropy, communications, pedagogy, and workplace culture. Our journey will be sustained, ongoing, and foundational to our theater.”
H/t to FIRE, which reported on this Thursday.