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About the Grant

$30,000 to support Mirrors in Every Corner (MAP 2009), an evening-length music-theater work written by playwright Chinaka Hodge and composed and performed by Ambrose Akinmusire, which will chronicle the life of an African-American family in Oakland, CA, as it grapples with issues of race and identity.

About the Project

A new musical-theater work written by playwright Chinaka Hodge, in collaboration with composer Ambrose Akinmusire, Mirrors in Every Corner tells the story of the life of an African-American family in Oakland, CA, as it grapples with issues of race and identity from 1984 to the present. After raising three boys, a fatigued mother grieves at her first daughter's birth. While healthy in all regards, the child is born White. The play aims to discuss how race is lived in and through the body, and the reality and fiction of race that is unearthed when we ask "What does it feel like to be Black?"

The play will premiere at Intersection for the Arts in March of 2010.

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