College of Liberal Arts

#BlackRepresents: Performing Blackness Series

Friday Mar 24, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM | The Vortex Theatre; 2307 Manor Road Austin, TX

MARCH 24-APRIL 8, 2017

By Lisa B. Thompson
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Presented by The VORTEX

Underground reunites Kyle and Mason (Marc Pouhé and Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson), a pair of old college buddies who have gone from radicals in their youth to successful professionals approaching middle age. When Kyle shows up at Mason's door, the two have a chance to catch-up, reminisce and, as the evening goes on, engage one another in a battle of intellects over the best road to black liberation. As their argument becomes increasingly passionate and more personal, news reports reveal a police search for the leader of a black radical political movement. From flashbacks to their first meeting to the final game of chess that could change their lives forever, Mason and Kyle each pose to one another the central question of Underground: how far would you go to protect your people?

The VORTEX is committed to producing "urgent, unashamed art," and Lisa B. Thompson's Underground It considers the ways in which African American activists, artists, and intellectuals have responded from the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond. The questions of Underground have become all the more pressing since the election, and with the rise of hate crimes, the threat of curtailed freedoms, and the appointment of white supremacists to high-ranking positions in the executive branch, it has left millions of Americans wondering what fighting for equality—and for survival—will look like over the next four years and beyond. Underground looks to address those questions head-on.

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