Cut & Paste: Tesseract Theatre asks: ‘Am I Black Enough Yet?’ and everyone's in on it | St. Louis Public Radio

Cut & Paste: Tesseract Theatre asks: ‘Am I Black Enough Yet?’ and everyone's in on it

Sep 7, 2016

The title of an upcoming play by St. Louis’ Tesseract Theatre is a loaded question: “Am I Black Enough Yet?”

It's a challenge that could cause discomfort but the play aims to make fun of the query with a playful approach. The first order of business is to proclaim that the entire audience is “black.” Those who were already black get to be “uber-black.”

In our latest Cut & Paste arts and culture podcast, we talk with “Am I Black Enough Yet?” director Bre Love and Tesseract’s founding artistic director Taylor Gruenloh about this production that uses humor to spark difficult conversations.

Here’s a bit of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • Gruenloh on how the play upends assumptions: “The actors switch race and gender in certain skits. So sometimes the skit starts and you don’t realize who is the black character.”
  • Love, who is African-American, of Tesseract’s casting techniques: “No one else would have cast me as a Scottish midwife.”
  • Gruenloh on why now is a great time to  be involved in St. Louis theater: “The number of plays that have never been done before that are getting done, and the diverse acting pool that’s here and that’s being celebrated.”

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