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Claudia Rankine

A still from Parable of the Sower featuring three characters, dressed in flannels, in the midst of the action of the plot.

During our 2017/2018 Season, we co-produced The White Card written by Claudia Rankine with the American Repertory Theatre. A monumental work of theatre, Rankine’s words resonated with audiences and prompted inquisitive questioning showcasing the power of a skilled writer. As we inched closer to opening night, ArtsEmerson had conducted a book club of Rankine’s work to offer audiences an even deeper experience called Citizen Read. Gathering communities from Boston and Cambridge, nearly 1300 people all…

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On Monday, February 25th, the nominations for the 23rd Annual Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were announced, with ArtsEmerson being honored with ten nominations! Best New Play – The White Card (Claudia Rankine) Watch Claudia Rankine discuss The White Card Best Solo Performance – Liza Jessie Peterson (The Peculiar Patriot) Watch the trailer for The Peculiar Patriot Best Ensemble – Born For This Watch creator BeBe Winans talk about his background and Born…

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Making visible the invisible is a formidable task, and that’s what Claudia Rankine set to out to do when she wrote her new play, The White Card. The story aims to start a conversation about race focused on whiteness and its unseeable impact on the world. Rankine is one among an army of artists channeling their creative energy into artistic works that make the invisible apparent, bringing a new perspective to discussion of race in America. Here…

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Claudia Rankine’s The White Card poses the question “Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?” While the play analyzes and criticizes the way racism is pervasive in everyday culture, it also takes the time to look at visual art and how we interpret art as a medium of understanding. An influential, art-collecting couple invite Charlotte, an up- and-coming African-American artist, to dinner in the hopes of purchasing her work for their esteemed collection. The…

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“The moment you enter [the theater] you will feel different…It’s not often that theater, as a looking glass, is this crystal clear” – Jared Bowen, WGBH Tickets for the World Premiere of The White Card are becoming quite hard to come by even though the show has three more weeks of performances. Here’s the best advice for snagging access for this stunning play by Claudia Rankine: Check online or call the box office 1-2 days…

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