How to Raise a Freeman
Written by Zakiyyah Alexander
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
PREMIERES Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30PM
Viewing Access Ends Available until further notice
Run Time 1 hour and 45 minutes
Time Zone All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.
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After the premiere of How to Raise a Freeman on Wednesday, November 3 at 7:30PM, Zakiyyah Alexander, Reginald L. Douglas, and, Luis Alfaro, will join together in a live conversation moderated by Nicole A. Watson (McCarter's Associate Artistic Director and Bard at the Gate co-curator) to discuss their experience with the play and take live questions from the audience.
About The Play
“How To Raise A Freeman” is a dark comedy that asks how a middle-class, African American family can keep their son alive in a world where every 28 hours a black man is killed by law enforcement.
Denise and Keith are putting their son through private school in the hopes that he might have an easier way in the world. As a successful realtor, and a white collar businessman in a corporate world that has no loyalty, the two parents realize that there are some things private school can't teach. There are other educations needed for their son to survive: knowing his history, speaking "correctly" under different social circumstances, and navigating the risks that young black men face on the street. How do you teach an adolescent to be alert to the world around him, and to have quick reflexes when answering a question from the police?
With comedy, and a nuanced ear to the subcurrents of race and class, Zakiyyah Alexander has crafted a play that responds to Lorraine Hansberry’s RAISIN IN THE SUN. What is real estate? More than property as Hansberry and Alexander show us: a family’s hopes, a new start, and a neighborhood that will soon be unaffordable to the people who live there.
With humor that balances on the knife’s edge of empathy, Zakiyyah Alexander has written a journey that belongs on stages across our country.
About Bard at the Gate
Bard at the Gate, founded by Paula Vogel and co-curated by Paula Vogel and Nicole A. Watson, directly responds to the lack of representation of diverse voices within the American theatrical canon. This uniquely curated virtual reading series is designed to become a widely accessible platform for powerful, overlooked plays by BIPOC, women, LGBTQ, and disabled artists.
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