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Hooded Preview Performance

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I did projection design for First Floor Theater’s production of Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, featuring projection design typography by Alicia Gaines. This Chicago premiere is directed by Mikael Burke.

Tickets available here.

October 20 - November 17, 2018 @ the Den Theatre, Chicago IL

Marquis and Tru are both fourteen year old black boys, but they exist in two totally different worlds. Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living in the affluent suburb of Achievement Heights; while Tru is a street savvy kid from deep within the inner city of Baltimore. Their worlds overlap one day in a holding cell. Tru decides that Marquis has lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies.” He assumes the role of professor, but Marquis proves to be a reluctant pupil. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing.


Andrew Cutler* -- Fielder/Dionysus
Jalen Gilbert -- Tru
Caroline Hendricks -- Clementine
Jayson Lee -- Marquis
Casey Morris -- Hunter/Headmaster Burns
Brian Nelson Jr. -- Officer Borzoi/Apollo
Lauren Pizzi Montgomery -- Prairie/Debra
Maggie Scrantom -- Meadow
Gracie Meier* -- Meadow/Clementine (u/s)

Production Team:

Sotirios Livaditis -- Scenic Design
Eric Watkins -- Lighting Design
Grover Holloway -- Sound Design
Olivia Engobor -- Costume Design
Jennifer Wernau -- Properties Design
Sid Branca* -- Video Design
Kayla Menz -- Stage Management
Rachel Flesher -- Violence and Intimacy Choreography
Alicia Gaines -- Projection Typography
Cole von Glahn*-- Production Management
Bobby Huggins* -- Technical Direction
Eileen Rozycki -- Charge Artist
Shelbi Arndt -- Master Electrician
Catherine Miller* -- Casting Direction

*denotes First Floor Theater company member