Inspired by compelling personal recollections from the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Separate and Equal explores the emotional violence of segregation through the playing of a forbidden basketball game between black and white teens in the pressure cooker of 1950's Jim Crow Alabama.
Told through a dynamic hybrid of basketball and modern dance and performed to an original jazz soundtrack composed specifically for this production, Separate and Equal follows those on the very cusp of adulthood, not yet consumed by the prejudices of their parents, as they struggle to break free from the repetitious cycle of racism.
"HIGH OCTANE WORK OF PHYSICAL THEATRE"
"CHOREOGRAPHER LAWRENCE JACKSON DRAWS ON SOME OF THE GRANDEST MANEUVERS IN N.B.A. HISTORY"
- The New Yorker
"A POTENT MEMENTO OF THE LEGACY OF SEGREGATION"
- Theater Pizzazz
"A PRODUCTION THAT COMBINES REALISM WITH EXPRESSIONISM INTO A STEW OF DRAMATIC AND KINETIC TENSION"
"A WORTHY ENTRY IN THE ONGOING EXAMINATION OF RACE RELATIONS IN AMERICA"
- Talkin' Broadway
"POWERFUL, PROVOCATIVE, AND TIMELY"
"BRILLIANTLY CHOREOGRAPHED RENDITION OF A BASKETBALL GAME"
- A Seat on the Aisle
"one of the most uniformly accomplished ensembles to be seen in New York in several months"
- Lighting & Sound America