Chronicles of a Comic Mulatta: and oreo/choreopoem

Institute History

  • 1995 Playwrights Lab


“Chronicles of a Comic Mulatta: an oreo/choreopoem” indeed chronicles a young, mixed-race, mixed-up colored girl’s journey into womanhood. Through rhymes, rhythms, movement and shouts, this solo performance piece presents the intersection/integration of such varied voices as her white, republican, Maine-accented Gramma; her Afro-centric, landscape artist Uncle in Mississippi; and some of her fine, fierce foremothers like Dorothy Dandridge and Nina Simone. Throughout, she vehemently battles the “tragic mullato” stereotype which would deem her “doomed,” and the Comic Mulatta, with a lot of love and a ton of work reigns triumphant.


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