In deference to the important ongoing national conversation about racism, police brutality, and socioeconomic inequity, we have postponed The Irish (Rep)… and How We Got That Way, originally scheduled for Monday, June 8. This event has now be rescheduled to Monday, July 13.
Instead of joining us on Monday, we ask that you take the open-hearted approach you’ve afforded when listening to the stories on our stages, and extend it to the stories of Black lives, as told by Black people. We vow to do the same. We commit to growing our own understanding along with you.
Below, you’ll find our recommendations along with suggestions from our staff of favorite art and literature from Black creators and resources that will help us all in our commitment to addressing racial inequity.
We hope that these resources will be helpful as you join us on the road to greater understanding and equality.
Stay safe and healthy. We hope to see you soon.
Charlotte and Ciarán
What we’re reading
Charlotte Moore: Upset by the times that are in it, and longing to re-connect with two writers I love, I re-read Ntozake Shange‘s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf which to me seems to have been written in a great gush of love for real and moving experiences of smart black women. Tyler Perry’s 2010 movie amazingly captures its spirit. But long one of my favorites – by a Black author or otherwise – is Native Son by a hero of mine, African-American writer, Richard Wright. His unyielding brilliance shines through after having been born in poverty on a plantation in the deep south in the early 20th century. The wonderful 1986 movie of this extraordinary piece is a startling reminder of the skill and courage of Black writers of his generation. I also highly recommend a look at the editorial page of today’s New York Times.
Ciarán O’Reilly: Our family has been watching the brilliant series Eyes on the Prize that documents the civil rights movement from the mid 1950’s through the mid 1980’s. During this raw time, revisiting this monumental 14-episode documentary series serves to remind us of the power of resistance to the status quo and gives hope that real change can and must happen. It also reminds us that the struggle does not end when a bill is passed. It is only the beginning. The series is accessible on YouTube. Here is the first episode: Awakenings: 1954 – 1956.
Staff Picks: What to Read / Listen To / Watch*
*This list includes personal choices from the Irish Rep staff and should not be considered comprehensive.