DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Bitter Game
European premiere. Runs until 7th October
By: Keith A. Wallace
Step onto the basketball court with this one-man show praised by the New York Times as “high-impact ... a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theater.” A performance charged with pain, poetry, and laughter, The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and "shit-talkin’" into a stirring commentary that begs the question: what does it mean to survive while Black in America?
With its five acts structured as the four quarters and overtime of a basketball game, The Bitter Game explores the experience of being Black in America through the relationship between a young man and his mother. Based on the playwright-actor Keith A. Wallace’s youth in Philadelphia, this multi-character performance tackles issues ranging from police violence, to coping with trauma, to the value of Black lives.
Contains strong language, violence and content that some may find distressing.
Running time: 55 mins
Created, Written & Performed by Keith A. Wallace. Directed & Co-created by Deborah Stein.