50 Shades of Black Creator in Ethical Conversation with Renowned Playwright Pearl Cleage and Alliance Theater Cast

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By The Way, Meet Vera Stark @ Emory University


 Emory Center for Ethics and the Alliance Theatre Invites You to the

Ethics and the Arts Program: Ethics on the Stage

Dramatic Reading of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

October 9, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Rita Anne Rollins Building
Center for Ethics Room 102

Please come join us at the Center for Ethics for an engaging ethical discussion of select scenes performed by Alliance cast, with renowned playwright, Pearl Cleage, Director, Leah Gardner, Dramaturg, Celise Kalke, 50 Shades of Black creator, Carlton Mackey, Moderated by Paul Root Wolpe, Director of Emory Center for Ethics.

By Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is the story of an aspiring actress breaking the mold of stereotypical African American film roles of the 1930s and the legacy she leaves on the film industry eighty years later.

Playwright in Residence Pearl Cleage calls the play “a fabulous force of nature!”



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Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta based writer whose work has won commercial acceptance and critical praise in several genres. An award winning playwright whoseFlyin' West was the most produced new play in the country in 1994, Pearl is also a best selling author whose first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her subsequent novels have been consistant best sellers and perennial book club favorites. I Wish I Had A Red Dress, her second novel, won multiple book club awards in 2001. Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do, was a "Good Morning America!"book club pick in 2003, and Babylon Sisters made the ESSENCE Magazine best seller list in 2005. Her most recent novel, Baby Brother's Blues, was the first pick of the new ESSENCE Book Club and anNAACP Image Award winner for fiction in 2007. 

Carlton Mackey is a visual artist and Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program at the Emory University Center for Ethics. 50 Shades of Black is committed to exploring the complex relationship between race, skin tone, sexuality, and the formation of self-identity. Through collaborations with visual artists, scholars and the general public, this project hopes to offer a deeper understanding of what diversity means. It is in the recognition of this diversity that 50 Shades of Black acknowledges the historical role that race and skin tone have played in shaping the way we engage the world, how we perceive beauty, and our own self-worth.


Posted on October 3, 2013 and filed under art, community, press.