Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies

By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm | Directed by Serge Seiden with Vaughn Ryan Midder
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre
May 2-June 3, 2018
Special Encore Remount
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm 
Directed by Serge Seiden
May 2-June 3, 2018

Back by popular demand, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s “breathtakingly on-point new comedy” (Washington Post) returns for a special encore remount after its sold-out run became one of the first breakout DC hits of 2017. This irreverent examination of growing up Black in America features two unlikely allies—Marquis and Tru. Suspecting that Marquis has lost his “blackness,” Tru pens a manual entitled Being Black for Dummies which sends the two on a whirlwind journey through a world of cheerleaders, 2Pac, Nietzsche, Apollo, and Dionysus. 

Staged by Serge Seiden (When January Feels Like Summer, Bad Jews) with associate director Vaughn Ryan Midder.

Hooded runs approximately 100 minutes.

"Breathtakingly on-point new comedy"

-Nelson Pressley, Washington Post 

The Washington Post RAVES over 

Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies

"The edgy script seems like it might be all over the place, but playwright Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm has a firm hand on the steering wheel as he careens full speed into stereotypes and race-based crises. Even with its fusillade of the n-word, the bracingly timely show is as user-friendly as its sarcastic title promises...

Hooded has a couple things in common with Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, the runaway Studio Theatre hit of recent seasons. Bad Jews likewise probed fraught history and modern identity with knowing irreverence, and it was directed by Serge Seiden, then with Studio and now with Mosaic. Chisholm’s impressive script has a wild fantastical streak, but mostly it’s loaded with barbed observations, and Seiden’s production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center is so consistently assured that it has you leaning in for the full hour and 40 minutes. Like Bad Jews, the show startles you with its confrontational sense of humor and shakes you up at the end with dread. As the title promises, it’s a Black Lives Matter play...

Only in its second season, Mosaic is living up to its name, and Chisholm makes his own mark powerfully."



-Kelly McCorkendale, DC Theatre Scene

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

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202-399-7993 ext 2

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Opening Night: Monday, May 7 at 7:30PM


Wed May 2 at 8PM Post show discussion

Thurs May 3 at 8PM Post show discussion

Fri May 4 at 8PM

Sat May 5 at 8PM

Sun May 6 at 4PM Post show discussion

Mon May 7 at 7:30PM Opening night

Thurs May 10 at 11AM | Cast talkback

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Fri May 11 at 8PM

Sat May 12 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sat May 12 at 8PM

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Wed May 16 at 8PM

Thurs May 17 at 8PM Cast talkback

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Sat May 19 at 3PM Peace café

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Sat May 26 at 3PM Cast talkback

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Reva & David Logan Foundation
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Compelling Dilemmas: Race in America
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Meet the Artists

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm is a playwright. That title is an indelible part of his character. Theatre is the filter through which he sees and interprets the world. As a playwright, Tearrance is interested in exploring the many facets of the African American experience. He feels that race is double edged sword, equipped with its advantages and shortcomings. It is the exploration of this theme that permeates all of his work. His works includes Burning Books (MU New Play Series), Liddy’s Samiches Potions & Baths (Arkansas Rep; Voices on the River), Vulpicide (MU New Play Series), Month of Sundays (Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival; NYC) and In Sweet Remembrance (Endstation Theatre Company and Sweet Briar College). Tearrance has also been published in interJACtions: 75 Monologues by some of America’s Finest Playwrights and Arcadia Magazine. He has worked closely with Endstation Theatre Company (Lynchburg, VA), Theatre Alliance (Washington DC), The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has held residencies at The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Playwright Observer). Tearrance is currently an MFA Playwriting candidate at The Catholic University of America.

Serge Seiden (Director) joined Mosaic Theater Company as Managing Director & Producer to help found a company committed to social justice, and most recently directed Mosaic Theater Company's When January Feels Like Summer. In 2013 Seiden received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director/Resident Musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris... at MetroStage. His production of Bad Jews at Studio Theatre was nominated for four 2015 Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Director, and was remounted this season. Seiden also directed Studio’s acclaimed Apple Family cycle. From 1990 to 2015, Seiden held many positions at Studio including stage manager, Literary Manager, and Producing Director. Seiden was a key player in Studio’s 1996 and 2004 expansions—developments crucial to the re-emergence of 14th Street NW as a DC cultural hub. For 20 years Seiden has been a member of the faculty of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, where he trained as an actor and director. More recent directing credits include When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater, Everett Quinton’s A Tale of Two Cities at Synetic Theater, Freud’s Last Session at Theater J, and Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! at Olney Theatre Center. Other Studio Theatre credits include The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Golden Dragon, Superior Donuts, In the Red and Brown Water, Grey Gardens, My Children! My Africa!, and Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, and Old Wicked Songs. His productions at Adventure Theatre MTC—A Little House Christmas and Charlotte’s Web—were both nominated for Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Production/ Theatre for Young Audiences.

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


202-399-7993 ext 2


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Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.