When the Lafayettes descend upon a crumbling Arkansan plantation to liquidate their dead patriarch’s estate, his three adult children collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome Southern relic unleashes crackling accusations, repressed fears, and more questions than answers. A challenging play on race, family, and if it’s possible for history to ever stay in the past.
ap pro pri ate
1. suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.
2. belonging to or peculiar to a person; proper.
3. to set apart, authorize, or legislate for some specific purpose or use.
4. to take to or for oneself; take possession of.
5. to take without permission or consent; seize; expropriate.
6. to steal, especially to commit petty theft.
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|Thu, Aug 31, 2017||8:00 PM||Preview Performance||Buy now|
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Diana and Mike Kinsey
Shamos Family Foundation
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
Yone and Frank Wells
Relevant Articles on the Play and the Playwright
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins discusses his writing style, influences, and musings on Appropriate: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-branden-jacobs-jenkins-20150927-story.html
Jacobs-Jenkins approaches the themes of family and race in his play: http://www.vogue.com/article/theater-branden-jacobs-jenkins-appropriate
LA Times Review of Appropriate speaks to the relevance of the show’s gripping dialogue: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/theater/la-et-cm-appropriate-taper-review-20151006-column.html
New York Times Reviewer Ben Brantley praises Jacobs-Jenkins for his ability to subvert tried and true tactics of American Theater in his plays: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/theater/in-appropriate-branden-jacobs-jenkins-subverts-tradition.html?mcubz=1
This article from the New Yorker tackles Branden Jacobs- Jenkins’s history in the theater, as well as his failures and successes in capturing “a three-hundred-year history of black people in the theatre”: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/branden-jacobs-jenkins-from-the-heart
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Lynching Photographs- a book about the history of lynching photography in America and how our morbid fascination promotes racial violence: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520253322>
Torture Culture: Lynching Photographs and the Images of Abu Ghraib is a scholarly article by Dora Apel that addresses the shocking similarities between historic lynching photographs and the torture photos that emerged from Iraq in the War on Terror. This article also has an interesting connection to Body of An American, the next show in the Curious ’17-’18 Season: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/ruma.chopra/courses/H170_MW9am_S12/s1/Abu_Ghraib.pdf
A detailed article about the birth, life cycle, and incredible emergence of 17-year periodical Cicadas, which have long been considered symbols of immortality, protection, and rebirth: http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.en.40.010195.001413
A recent project to find and document all forgotten slave cemeteries in an effort to stop building over these historical monuments is discussed here: https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/a-mission-to-find-and-preserve-forgotten-slave-graveyards/