ABOUT THIS SHOW

Gus is a painter expecting his big break with a prestigious contemporary art museum in 'The New America' exhibition. When he's told by the museum's new curator that "white dudes" aren't a part of New America, he enlists the help of Vanessa, a black actress, and together they create Balkonae Townsend, a bold, young, radical artist to serve as the face of his work. But when things start to spiral out of control, Gus is left to deal with the mess he created and Vanessa must come to terms with her own agency as an artist. Audacious and bitingly funny, WHITE explores white privilege, racial politics and the fine line between appropriation and opportunity.

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CAST & ARTISTS

Author: James Ijames*
Director: Ericka Ratcliff

 

CAST
Vanessa/Balkonae: Kierra Bunch
Gus: Niko Kourtis
Jane: Carley Cornelius*
Tanner: Jonathan Allsop 

U/S Vanessa/Balkonae/St. Diana: Arielle Leverett
U/S Gus: Andrew Lund
U/S Jane: Brie McClellan
U/S Tanner: Grant Kennedy Lewis

PRODUCTION TEAM
Associate Director: Joey Stone
Scenic and Projections Designer: Yaeji Kim
Costume Designer: Rea Brown
Lighting Designer: Levi Wilkins
Sound Designer: Willow James
Props Designer: Lonnae Hickman
Intimacy Director: Gaby Labotka

Technical Director: Evan Sposato

Original Composition: JQ
Dramaturg: Jared Bellot*
Assistant Intimacy Director: Kayla Menz
Assistant Lighting Designer/Scenic Artist: Emmy Weldon
Master Electrician: Alon Stotter
Lighting Overhire: Louis Lothan
Painting Support: Brianna Consalvo
Production Manager: Jennifer Aparicio
Stage Manager: Julie Jachym
Floor Manager: Ariel Beller
Assistant Stage Manager: Kristina Heiden-Lundberg
Casting: AJ Links

DEFINITION STAFF
Executive Director: Neel McNeill*
Artistic Director: Tyrone Phillips*
Marketing Director: Jacqueline Rosas*
Communications Director: Karyn Oates*
Art Director: Ari Craven*

*Definition Theatre Ensemble Member

DEFINITION INNOVATOR POP-UP In a mission to strengthen the Woodlawn community through local commerce, the Definition Innovator is an 8-week program where BIPOC entrepreneurs receive education in topics ranging in Commercialization, Distribution, Branding, and more. Experience a pop-up shop in the 1700 Theater Lobby from program participants at the listed performances:

  • Sunday March 20, 3 pm
  • Friday March 25, 8 pm
  • Saturday March 26, 3 & 8 pm
  • Friday April 1, 8 pm
  • Sunday April 3, 3pm
  • Saturday April 9, 3 and 8pm

Spring 2022 Participants 

Kelley Moseley — K-FLEYE 
Jasmine Traylor — Of the Mother Wellness
Angelique Warner — A Warner Idea
Donnell Spencer — Relax & Be
Angelica Acebedo-Frint — MAGNÍFICO Coffee 
Marquan Jones — Un.original

 

ABOUT Definition Theatre

Definition Theatre's Mission: Definition Theatre is a culturally diverse theater dedicated to telling language-driven, relationship-oriented, socially relevant stories about and created with underrepresented communities in Chicago. We pride ourselves on leading the way as an anti-racist organization rooted in engaging and educating future artists and audiences.

 

Photo by Joe Mazza / Brave Lux

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Please note this production of WHITE includes flashing lights, and high pithced noises. Additionally the play includes simulated sexual acts. For any questions please reach out to Definition Theatre by emailing contact@definitiontheatre.org

POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS

There will be a post-show discussion following every Sunday Matinee Performance. Discussions led by varying Definition Ensemble Members.

  • March 13, 20 & 27
  • April 3 & 10

Running Time

90 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Please note this production of WHITE includes flashing lights, and high pithced noises. Additionally the play includes simulated sexual acts. For any questions please reach out to Definition Theatre by emailing contact@definitiontheatre.org

POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS

There will be a post-show discussion following every Sunday Matinee Performance. Discussions led by varying Definition Ensemble Members.

  • March 13, 20 & 27
  • April 3 & 10