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Synopsis: Family secrets ripple through time when three present-day sisters discover the truth about a young African-American woman passing for white sixty years before. What happens in between is a frank and funny look at the shifting boundaries of tolerance and what identity really means.
Cast Size: 5-8 Females. Racially Diverse.
Rachel Atkins is a Seattle-based playwright and teaching artist. She is the scriptwriter for Living Voices/Theatreworks USA, the educational theatre company with whom she has twelve different multi-media shows in ongoing national touring repertory. She’s also a regular adapter for Book-It Repertory Theatre, with numerous mainstage, education and touring productions. Her plays have been seen locally at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Empty Space, Annex Theatre, Brownbox Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Live Girls!, Infinity Box Theatre Project, Forward Flux Productions, Fantastic Z, Washington Hall, and 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, and regionally at Harvard Radcliffe Summer Theater/American Repertory Theater (MA), One Theatre World/Cleveland PlayhouseSquare (OH), Independent Actors Theatre (MO), North Country Cultural Center for the Arts (NY), Explora Theater (NM), Moonlit Wings Productions, (VA), and Virginia Theatre (IL). A member of the ArtsWA Teaching Artist and the Creative Advantage Arts Partner rosters, she works as a master teaching artist for Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Arts Impact, and ACT’s Young Playwrights Program. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturge and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in St. Julien l’Ars, France. She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. A member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, Rachel was honored to be a 2010 TPS Gregory Award nominee for Outstanding Playwright.
BLACK LIKE US was commissioned by Live Girls! Theater in Seattle for their Cupcake Reading series in October 2012. The 10 minute version was developed into a one-act play, produced by Rain City Projects and Annex Theatre in Seattle in February 2013. The full-length version was produced by Annex Theatre and Brownbox Theatre in Seattle in January-February 2014.
2014 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee
2014 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Awards: Outstanding New Play
2014 Seattle Times Footlight Awards: Top World Premiere, Top Play on a Smaller Stage