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4/14/16 HALF-PRICE PREVIEW AT 7:30PM
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4/16/16, 4/20/16, 4/21/16, 4/22/16 AT 7:30PM
4/23/16 AT 2:00PM & 7:30PM
What would visitors from another world think if they looked at the race history of the United States?
In Collidescope 2.0: Adventures in Pre and Post Racial America, which runs at the UMass Amherst Department of Theater from April 14 to 23, an alien species attempts to make sense of a subject fraught with inherent misperceptions, ironies and contradictions. Taking an “alien” view of this aspect of human behavior, the gaze of Collidescope places these issues under a microscope. Traveling from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, exploring the Pre-Revolutionary War era when freedmen and slaves contemplated their rights in a soon-to-be independent nation, then back to the present day, this work creates a cubistic frame, revealing different angles from which to observe America’s troubled “peculiar” history and its on-going, violent consequences.
Photos: John Solem/UMass