A reading of The Gift will be shared at Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage New Play Festival on September 2, 2019 at 1:30PM in the Chinese Lounge.
“Liberation Study™ trial number 001: The removal of the long term impact of white supremacy culture in the United States of America by targeting its expression at the microscopicaggression level through emotional labor and cultural sacrifice thereby eradicating systemic racism as we know it personally, socially, historically, politically, and spiritually.” All diseases have been cured in the United States, except one: Preston-Weche-Rhys. A societally destructive infectious agent, it has eluded medical researchers. Until now. Two doctors who discovered the cure for Preston-Weche-Rhys have gathered their first, and possibly last, test group. With their company watching closely, the doctors initiate their procedure under professional and personal pressures.
The Gift is a new play co-created and co-written by Tosin Olufolabi and Rachel Grossman, under the direction of Danielle A. Drakes. It follows two doctors initiating their first clinical trial of a cure for systemic racism in the United States.
The Gift is an audience integrated show that addresses expressions of racism on the personal, interpersonal, structural, and institutional levels. It invites everyone into an imagined, futuristic “healing process.” Tosin and Rachel are creating The Gift for individuals confronting (or ready to confront) their own internalized racism—the parts of our ourselves we don’t question that directly correlate to parts of the larger system we also don’t question. It is the artists’ belief that until we begin undoing racism ourselves, in our own lives, nothing will change in society at large. Join us in this act of undoing.