Spoken Word

Living Word Project & The New Parish Present: The Standard


When: Sun., May 2, 7 p.m. 2010

Chinaka Hodge is fierce. Just ask anyone who caught her new play, Mirrors in Every Corner, when it premiered at Intersection for the Arts. Inspired by conversations about miscegenation and the politics of interracial dating, it told the story of a phenotypically white girl born into a black family. Hodge engaged tough concepts through the lens of family drama, and managed to treat race alternately as a construct and a lived experience. She packed the play with visual symbolism and humorous dialogue, which made even the painful parts seem bearable. Her writing crackled. Hodge appears this Sunday at the Standard, a monthly spoken word and music event organized by poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who directed Mirrors. She'll be accompanied by Daveed Diggs, who starred in the play, and other members of their art collective the Park. Other performers include Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Lauren Whitehead, and WonwayPosibul. The first showcase happens Sunday, May 2, at the New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland). 7 p.m., $5-$10. TheNewParish.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $5-$10

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