|Gasping Whiteness explores the impact of white supremacy on parenting in progressive, middle class communities. The play tells the stories of two families (one white and one African-American) as they encounter divides of race and struggle to respond. Presented as a staged reading, Gasping Whiteness runs one hour and is followed by a one hour facilitated dialogue, exploring how the themes of the play speak to our lives and our stories.
The cross-racial, cross-generational ensemble includes playwright Will MacAdams and social justice educator/theatre maker Trenda Loftin (who co-directs and also perform in the piece); two Western MA child actors, ages ten and eleven; and Atlanta-based visual artist Angela Davis Johnson, who developed its visual landscape.
Sandglass Co-Founder Eric Bass says “Will MacAdams has been a friend and colleague of Sandglass for many years. His work has addressed issues of race and class in the US in profoundly original ways. Will’s piece, Gasping Whiteness, is a vital exploration of why and how racism and a changing demographics necessitates a conversation that we are all part of.”
100% of the proceeds from the performance will benefit THE ROOT SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER, Brattleboro, VT. (www.therootsjc.org)
Tickets and more information can be found at gaspingwhitenessputney.brownpapertickets.com.