Underground Railroad Game

May 11, 2016 @ 8:00 pm – May 21, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

“We want this piece to create an unsettling delight in the audience.” Lightning Rod Special

“A show that doesn’t care who it shocks. It’s filled with racial and sexual stereotypes, raunchy language, and offensive images, not to mention full frontal nudity. There’s something in it to offend almost everyone. And I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.” Tim Dunleavy, DC Metro Theater Arts

An electrifying journey through the manifold permutations of our cherished and shared fiction around race, power, and sex.

Last year’s Fringe Festival hit returns! Come along for this tale of two middle school teachers making their Civil War class more impactful and fun: with a game that divides students into opposing armies tasked with capturing or helping runaway “slaves”—black baby dolls hidden throughout the school. Meanwhile, in the heat of their ambition, the teachers engage in a taboo-defying sex-forward relationship set against today’s America and the Antebellum South.

Based on actual events, Underground Railroad Game is a hilarious and horrifying journey that trades in and critiques objectification, and exposes the perplexingly absurd ways Americans deal with their own history. Creators and performers Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard return to skewer the perverse romanticism of horrible things in this updated remount of their sold-out show at the 2015 Fringe Festival.

FringeArts Producer: Max Tuttleman

Photo: Johanna Austin, www.austinart.org