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Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

Written by Lloyd Suh

Directed by Michelle Talgarow

Monday, April 29 & Tuesday, April 30, 7pm

Racial stereotypes are chewed up and spit to the floor in this hilarious romp featuring some of our culture’s most ridiculous assumptions.


Co-presented with Campo Santo

Written by Star Finch

Directed by Sean San Jose

Monday, June 10 & Tuesday, June 11, 7pm

Remember the old Bernal Heights? Not the one full of joggers and little dogs. Who gets to flourish and who has to “get by” comes under the microscope in this new play by local luminary, Star Finch.

Citizen: An American Lyric

Written by Claudia Rankine

Adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs

Directed by Elizabeth Carter

Monday, July 29 & Tuesday, July 30, 7pm

A searing, poetic riff on race in America, fusing prose, poetry, movement, music, and the visual image. Snapshots, vignettes, on the acts of everyday racism. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. Those did-that-really-just-happen-did-they-really-just-say-that slurs that happen every day and enrage in the moment and later steep poisonously in the mind. And, of course, those larger incidents that become national or international firestorms. As Rankine writes, “This is how you are a citizen.”

good friday

Co-presented with Ubuntu Theater Project

Written by Kristiana Rae Colón

Directed by Maya Herbsman

Monday, September 23 & Tuesday, September 24, 7pm

In academia's hallowed halls, five women debate millennial feminism when gunshots shatter the safety of their discourse. As tweets stream across the campus feed, the body count grows. And then the shooter enters the classroom. At the intersection of gun violence and sexual violence, in a #yesallwomen world, what is the real cost of revolution?

Content Advisory for good friday

  • Realistic depictions of the following:
    • A lockdown during a campus shooting
    • Blood and/or the description of blood
    • Use of a prop semi-automatic rifle and handgun, loud gunshots, and characters being shot and killed
  • Description of rape and sexual assault
  • Use of racialized and misogynistic language, including the “N” word and "B" word

Sensitive Guys

Written by MJ Kaufman

Directed by Brady Brophy-Hilton

Monday, January 20 & Tuesday, January 21, 7pm

Welcome to the Watson College “Men’s Peer Education Group!” In this subversive new comedy, women and gender non-conforming actors play men trying to understand the intricacies of toxic masculinity and privilege. More than preconceptions are flipped when gender gets swapped!

Reading Series Sponsors

Mark Chaitkin & Cecilia Storr
Kathleen Kahn
Craig & Kathy Moody
Stan & Miriam Schiffman
BiBi Tiphane
Jon Wagner & Lynne Hollingsworth