Promising Playwrights' 'Blaq Boi' opens May 3
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 19,
2018) -- The Albany High Theatre Ensemble is once again using the stage
to tackle issues of race, privilege and oppression in the Promising
Playwrights Festival’s upcoming production of “Blaq Boi.”
The play’s four-performance run opens at 7 p.m.
on Thursday, May 3, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May
5, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 6.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for
students and seniors.
“Blaq Boi” is the story of Treasure, an African-American male. It
follows his journey from childhood to adulthood and delves into the
myriad challenges black men face growing up and living in America.
“Though the play boldly addresses issues of institutional racism, white
privilege and internalized oppression, it is also a celebration of black
America through the reflections of a diverse Albany High School
playwriting team,” said Theatre Ensemble Director Ward Dales.
The play was written by students Camille Dobbs,
Jacklyn Flynn, Thia Fowler, Sion Hardy, Jaidyn Hires, Xji-Anne Hudson,
Zanief Washington and Immanuel Williams, and teacher Gregory Theodore
Marsh. Marsh also directs the play.
The play contains strong language and may not be appropriate for very
Playwrights worked with local representatives of the National Coalition
Building Institute (NCBI), an international leadership group that
equity and inclusion. In addition,
NCBI worked with the cast, crew and writers on how to honestly and
comfortably discuss racism.
All actors in the show are Albany High students
The mission of the City School District of Albany
is to work in partnership with our diverse community to
engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide
the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High