She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson

She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson
Directed by Eve Muson
October 18 – 28
Black Box Theatre

She Like Girls is a coming-of-age, coming-out love story set in Newark in the early 2000s. Kia, an African-American teenager, finds herself falling in love with her classmate, Marisol. As their relationship deepens into a romance, the girls strain to keep their involvement a secret from their conservative mothers and homophobic classmates. Kia becomes more and more vocal about her sexual identity but pays a high price for declaring her independence. This hip, sharp romantic comedy is sure to challenge your notions about identity, representation, and community. (Adult context and language.)

“Ms. Hutchinson has a sharp ear for dialogue…and shows clearly the web of prejudice and hostility woven by peers and parents.” —The New York Times

Thursday, October 18th, 8 p.m. 
Friday, October 19th, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20th, 2 p.m. + post-performance conversation event with Chisa Hutchinson
Friday, October 26th, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 27th, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 28th, 2 p.m. + post-performance panel discussion

Post-Performance Programs:

Meet the playwright! Conversation with Chisa Hutchinson
Saturday, October 20, Immediately following the 2:00 matinee; no separate ticket required.
Join us for a post-performance conversation with special guest Chisa Hutchinson, moderated by Director Eve Muson and Susan McCully, assistant professor of theatre.
**This performance with special event is expected to sell-out – advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.**

Panel Discussion: Growing up Gay in Communities of Color – in society and popular culture
Sunday, October 28, Immediately following the 2:00 matinee; no separate ticket required.
Join us for a lively discussion of the topics dramatized in She Like Girls with Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies and affiliate assistant professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program. program, and Rene Esparza, post-doctoral research associate in the Department of American Studies, moderated by Director Eve Muson and Susan McCully, assistant professor of theatre. 

LGBTQ kids of color face unique and complex challenges when coming-out in communities that often present heterosexuality as the only acceptable orientation. As a group, they are more likely to be bullied, harassed, homeless, and victims of violence than their white counterparts. Similarly, mainstream media promotes a world in which it would appear that LGBT people of color do not exist, or that acceptance of LGBT people is exclusive to white populations. And because LGBT people of color are members of two groups who have historically faced discrimination, the effect of that invisibility is compounded.
**This performance with special event is expected to sell-out – advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.**

$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. Tickets are available online or at the box office one hour before the show, subject to availability.

Complimentary tickets will be available for UMBC students for the 2 p.m. matinee performances. These tickets will become available online Wednesday, October 17, at noon.

All ticket sales benefit the UMBC Department of Theatre Scholarship fund.

Directions and parking information
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where the Black Box Theatre is located on the ground floor — please click here for additional information.

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