BLACK D*CK MATTERS
What is Black D*ck Matters? It is a series of monologues explaining, first of all, why Black d*ck matters in the context of the perverse American history of castration to maim, emasculate, and kill Black men. Each of the monologues portray a central character that interacts with Black men from different classes and backgrounds in different cities. Their interactions reflect the social injustices that Black men are subjected to in this country as well as the sensitivity and vulnerability intrinsic to Black male intimate relationships. Black D*ck Matters explores how Black male intimacy is intrinsically tied to social injustice and oppression, and how that affects Black male relationships since the #BlackLivesMatter movement, police brutality, and the criminal justice system are all common experiences for Black men regardless of their social standing. The playwright's inspiration for Black D*ck Matters: A friend pulled out their phone and showed me some personal pornographic video, I was struck by how artistic it was. This started a conversation about why they had decided to pursue this genre, who the indivuduals were that agreed to be video'd, and where they met and filmed. All the individuals in the film were African American men, with whom they would have these intense conversations about everything from the #BlackLivesMatter movement and police brutality, to the criminal justice system and male vulnerability - common experiences for Black men regardless of their social standing. I thought, "I'm going to write a play about this. And I'm going to call it, "Black D*ck Matters." I was equally intrigued that this pornography was on their cell phone. In this age of social media, what is it that makes what I call "the Anthony Weiner syndrome" so seductive? - Kathya Alexander, Playwright Please note the following: The piece contains adult themes, language, and content. Not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18.
Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center , 517 East Pike Street