A mother's obsession with light skin and dislike for her dark skinned daughter disrupts life for the entire family.
A mother's obsession with light skin and dislike for her dark skinned daughter disrupts life for the entire family. Read more
Colorism is a serious issue that continues to separate and divide the Black community. “Colorstruck” provides a poignant examination of the effects of colorism in the lives of a family torn apart by the mother’s obsession with light skin and hatred for dark skin. The play takes place over a 17 year period in the lives of the Kentagould family. Through dialogue and poetry about colorism, the historical origins and perspectives of colorism within the Black community are revealed. Momentous dialogue includes Rory Kentagould’s comments, behavior and bold confession of her dislike for her dark skinned daughter Ebony; discussion of the light skin and dark skin color dynamic within the Black community; the light skin superiority complex versus the dark skin inferiority complex; Marise Kentagould’s touching reminiscence of the colorism tests used to separate and divide Black Americans; and the heartbreaking and tragic tale told by Kara Evans of her experience as a perpetrator of colorism when she was younger.
At the heart of the controversy is Ebony Kentagould, a beautiful dark skinned girl who triumphs over her mother’s attempted indoctrination to hate her dark skin color. Each character stands their ground, firmly holding on to their beliefs, values and determination to force change in the lives of each member of the family and to eradicate colorism practices and beliefs from their family forever.
Your donations will help us pay all expenses associated with the full production of the play and include:
- Rehearsal and theatre space
- Lighting, Sound and Set Designers
- General Liability Insurance
- Director's Stipend
- Actors’ Stipends
- Stage Manager
Risks and challenges
We do not foresee any extraordinary risks or challenges that will prevent production of Colorstruck.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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