Submission Date

7-22-2016

Document Type

Paper

Department

Theater

Faculty Mentor

Domenick Scudera

Comments

Presented during the 18th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 22, 2016 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

Colorism is a topic not frequently discussed in the African American community. My research focuses on representations of colorism in American drama. Using this research, I am workshopping a creative performance piece about this taboo topic to educate both Ursinus students and community members of all racial backgrounds. The research involves dissecting plays that confront colorism and the everyday struggles dealing with the stereotypes that come along with lighter and darker skin. My research takes the form of an annotated bibliography of plays about colorism and/or racism, a 20 page research paper about colorism in drama, and a draft of a solo performance art piece about colorism. My research includes plays by dramatists of color, folk plays about colorism and/or racism, propaganda plays addressing colorism and/or racism, solo performance art pieces, and scholarly materials addressing the history of colorism and/or racism.

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