Clémentine Célarié performs “Dans la peau d’un noir” (Black like me)
May 14 & 15 at 7:30PM
A one-woman show in French with projected English subtitles
In her one woman show, actress Clementine Célarié has adapted American journalist John Howard Griffin‘s 1961 book, Black Like Me, into a live performance that promotes tolerance and humanism. With graceful simplicity, while alone on stage with minimal props, the actress transforms into dozens of characters. Griffin, a white journalist who sought to understand the condition of being black in America, was made up to look African American before setting out to experience life in the racially segregated South for a six week journey. His journals from those travels are the basis for the book. At the time of its writing (1959), race relations were particularly strained in the United States. Célarié’s adaptation of Black Like Me raises the question: Have things really changed all that much since that volatile time? Célarié was born and raised in Dakar in sub-Saharan Africa. Living there for twelve years, she says she feels African – more black than white. “I’ve always wondered about the impact of skin color in the relations between human beings,” says Célarié, “This show depicts the adventure of the man I incarnate, white and black… with courage and humanity. His testimony is a universal cry of alarm and, at the same time, a call to respect the other and their differences.”
In French with projected English subtitles.
Source: John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me
Adaptation: Clementine Célarié
Artistic Collaboration: Abraham Diallo