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.
Calendar & Tickets
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-399-7993 ext 2
Box Office Hours
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
FIRST 8 PERFORMANCES
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.