Capital REP and Barrington Stage present a Juneteenth virtual reading


Capital REP and Barrington Stage team up to present a Juneteenth virtual reading of Vincent Terrell Durham’s thrilling and timely play, Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids on Friday, June 19 at 7:30pm and Monday, June 22 at 7:30pm.

In the American Theatre, we have long been guided by the principle that we can “change the world, one play at a time.” What if it was also one day at a time with the same play? On Friday, Juneteenth, (June 19th), theatre communities around the country will provide their response to the current moment — the civil uprising that has come as a reaction to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others before them — with simultaneous free readings of Vincent Terrell Durham’s Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids.

With a perfect blend of wit, pathos and humor, the play speaks to some of the most pressing subjects of our time — gentrification, white fragility, the Black Lives Matter movement and police violence against Black bodies. The need for collective action — a commitment to speaking the truth and to begin dismantling systemic racism in our institutions — has never been greater and through Vincent’s words, our community can begin moving toward awareness and justice.

Originally co-commissioned by PlayGround and Planet Earth Arts, this bold new play offers keen insight, leavened with humor, to portray the meeting of a well-meaning white liberal couple and Black Lives Matter activists.

Vincent Terrell Durham

Presented as part of PlayGround Zoom Fest, the nation’s largest livestreamed new works festival, Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids will be streamed on Friday, June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the 1865 reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to enslaved Black people in Texas.

The public may stream Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids free, but donations are requested to support a bold GoFundMe Campaign that aims to raise one million dollars for funding Black theatre projects in America.

To stream, please visit Capital Rep’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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