Bleu Beckford-Burrell's play La Race is coming Off-Broadway, and its aim is to be accessible to all.
Presented by Page 73 alongside the Working Theater, the play will utilize a sliding scale ticket model with six ticket price points available to audience members, including a $0 ticket.
La Race is part of Beckford-Burrell’s The End of the Line Anthology, which dramatizes intersecting lives in Beckford-Burrell's hometown of Far Rockaway. La Race examines the community that surrounds a grassroots city council campaign led by Maxine, a Black woman in her 30s who is pushed by her radical best friend to become the face of a movement.
Directed by Taylor Reynolds (Man Cave, Tambo & Bones), La Race will be staged November 21–December 23 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre within the WP Theater.
Said Beckford-Burrell, "I wanted to center Black women in a way that we rarely are: to depict regular people trying to live life. The term ‘strong Black woman’ is so problematic in that it evokes this idea of ‘I must carry a thousand people, I must lift the car off of a struggling baby.’ Just because you're called to arms doesn't mean you necessarily want to be there and do it—sometimes you are just doing it because you have to. A lot of women can relate to the implicit and oftentime explicit expectation of being the shoulder to cry on, the nurturer."
For more information, visit TheWorkingTheater.org.