10/30: Yellowman at Karamu

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Playwright Dael Orlandersmith grew up in New York but found inspiration for her 2002 Pulitzer-nominated play Yellowman in childhood visits to South Carolina. The play deals with “intra-racism,” a level of discrimination rooted in mixed-race offspring caused by slave owners impregnating their slaves. Orlandersmith encountered that type of racism in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina. Her play tells the story of Alma and Eugene, who have known each other since they were kids. As they grow up and fall in love, Alma battles poverty and her mother’s alcoholism; Eugene is the “yellowman” who struggles with his light skin. Fred Sternfeld directs. Yellowman opens at 8 tonight with performances through November 22 at Karamu’s Arena Theatre (2355 E. 89th St., 216.795.7077). Tickets: $20-$25. — Michael Gill

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