Back by Popular Demand!
A Special Encore Remount!

Congratulations to Hooded Playwright
Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm

Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical

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

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.

Generously underwritten by The Steinglass Family

with additional support from Cynthia Wolloch & Joseph Reid, Andy & Marjan Shallal, Lisa & David Richards Toney, and the Millennium Arts Salon.



-Nelson Pressley, Washington Post 



-Andrew White, Broadway World


-John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts


-Maria Helena Carey, The Hill is Home



-Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro Theater Arts



-Katie Gaab, MD Theatre Guide


-Kendall Mostafavi, DC Metro Theater Arts

Calendar & Tickets

Box Office

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Box Office

202-399-7993 ext 2

Box Office Hours

M-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sun: 10:30am-1:30pm

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.

ALL PERFORMANCES will include open captions projected on set.

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


Wed May 2 at 8PM 

Thurs May 3 at 8PM Post show discussion

Fri May 4 at 8PM

Sat May 5 at 8PM

Sun May 6 at 4PM 

Mon May 7 at 7:30PM Opening night

Thurs May 10 at 11AM | Cast talkback

Thurs May 10 at 8PM

Fri May 11 at 8PM

Sat May 12 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sat May 12 at 8PM


Wed May 16 at 8PM

Thurs May 17 at 8PM Cast talkback

Fri May 18 at 8PM

Sat May 19 at 3PM Peace café

Sat May 19 at 8PM

Sun May 20 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun May 20 at 7:30PM

Wed May 23 at 8PM

Thurs May 24 at 8PM Post show discussion

Fri May 25 at 8PM

Sat May 26 at 3PM Cast talkback

Sat May 26 at 8PM

Sun May 27 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun May 27 at 7:30PM

Wed May 30 at 8PM

Thurs May 31 at 8PM Cast talkback

Fri June 1 at 8PM

Sat June 2 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sat June 2 at 8PM Post show discussion

Sun June 3 at 3PM Post show discussion

Sun June 3 at 7:30PM

Meet the Artists

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm was last seen in DC when his play Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies ran at Mosaic Theater last season (Helen Hayes Nomination: Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical.) Tearrance's play Br'er Cotton recently had a critically-acclaimed production by London's Theatre 503, as well as an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, with productions at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Lower Depth Ensemble in Los Angeles and Cleveland Public. Next season, Tearrance will return to DC to present the world premiere of P.Y.G. at Studio Theater; the play has previously been developed at the Magic Theater's Virgin Play Festival and at Juilliard. Tearrance has developed new works with Signature Theatre, Theatre J, Theatre Alliance, and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He has held residencies at The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. He was a finalist for the Inaugural Relentless Award and the Theatre 503 Playwriting Award. Tearrance received two of the 2016 National KCACTF awards, the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Tearrance was a part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep with his play Anacostia Street Lions. He developed the play Black Lady Authority under the auspices of the Sundance Theater Lab. Tearrance holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He is about to graduate from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Julliard, and is a Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation Fellow, and a 2050 Fellow at New York Theater Workshop. 

Serge Seiden joined Mosaic Theater Company as Managing Director & Producer to help found a company committed to social justice, and directed Mosaic Theater Company's Ulysses on Bottles and When January Feels Like Summer in addition to Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies. In 2013 Seiden received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director of a 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 twice. 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 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!, Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins, and Old Wicked Songs. Two of 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


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

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.