Citizen: An American Lyric

Actors Bridge Ensemble Presents the Nashville premiere of
by Claudia Rankine
adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs

March 22-24 and March 26-31
Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel (4610 Charlotte Avenue)

Citizen with Hurston Quote

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC  is 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.”


Cast: Brianna Booker, Alicia Haymer, DéYonté Jenkins, Shawn Whitsell, Jack Chambers, and Nettie Kraft
Directed by Jon Royal

Produced by Cynthia Harris and Vali Forrister

Stage Management by Kat Tierney-Smith
Lighting Design by Richard Davis, Ardee Design Group

Projection Design by Alex Drinnen
Sound Design by Jack E. Chambers
Costume Design by Colleen Garatoni

Videography by Eden Gerlock and Evan Mattingly
Photography by Rick Malkin

“Emotional…always engaging and exceptionally timely…The work, in short, has gotten under my skin, which is a testament to its power.” —LA Times

Performance Schedule:
FRIDAY, MARCH 22 at 7:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 at 7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 at 6 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 at 7:30 P.M.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 at 7:30 P.M.
FRIDAY, MARCH 29 at T 7:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 at 7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 at 6 P.M.

Venue Information:
Actors Bridge Studio at Darkhorse Chapel
4610 Charlotte Ave (entrance on 47th)
Nashville, TN 37209

Ticket Prices:
General Admission – $25 in advance; $30 at the door
Students w/valid ID – $20

Ticketing Site: https://citizen-nashville.eventbrite.com/

Parking Information:
Free parking is available on 47th Avenue, in the lower lot behind McDonald’s at 47th and Alabama Avenue, in the SunTrust lot at 46th and Charlotte Avenue and in Richland Park.

Actors Bridge Ensemble strives to make our performances and facilities accessible to all our patrons. Due to the intimate size of our venues, we have a limited number of accessible seats; please indicate any special needs when purchasing tickets. You can reach us by phone at 615-498-4077 or email at vali@actorsbridge.org


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