Black Like Us- Reading Nov 2016

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BrownBox Theatre joins forces with Sound Theatre Company Again to present a Staged Reading of Gregory Award Winning Play “Black Like Us”


To celebrate the publication of Rachel Atkins ‘Black Like Us’,  Sound Theatre Company and BrownBox Theatre present a special encore reading!


BrownBox Theatre and Sound Theatre Company join together again, this time to present the staged reading of Gregory Award winning play “Black Like Us” at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, a performance venue that is blocks from the setting of this cross-generational play.   Performances are Saturday, November 19 at 2:00pm and at 7:00 pm.

There is a reception between the performances to celebrate the publication of this script and the work of playwright Rachel Atkins and the companies of artists who helped to develop this multi-award-winning play.

Play Available for Purchase!

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.

Playwright biography

rachel-atkins-headshot-1Rachel 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.

Production History

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