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Black Out Night

The 7:30 pm performance of August Wilson’s Radio Golf on Thursday, October 20, 2022 has been designated as a Black Out Night.

This is a new, purposeful, exciting, creation of an environment in which an audience, self-identifying as Black, can come together and experience a designated, selected performance. A post-show discussion and reception will follow the performance, providing an opportunity for the audience to discuss their experience and to socialize!  Think of the Black Out Night as ‘an affinity event’ – such as an all-USC night at the theatre and you’re a UCLA alum.  Thus, non-Black audience patrons have the option to attend, or to select a different performance.

Other theaters in the Los Angeles area (Center Theater Group, Boston Court) and throughout the country have held Black Out Nights for performances (https://blackoutnite.com).  Feedback from audiences has been extremely positive and we at A Noise Within are looking forward to creating this intentional, new, patron experience on Thursday, October 20, 2022.

Purchase tickets securely online here or call the Box Office at 626.356.3100.

History

from blackoutnite.com

A concept birthed by Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris, the inaugural BLACK OUT night took place on September 18, 2019. For the first time in history, all 804 seats of Broadway’s Golden Theatre were occupied by Black-identifying audience members in communion, celebration, and recognition of Broadway’s rich, diverse, and fraught history of Black work. Based on the success of the first BLACK OUT, Slave Play hosted a second BLACK OUT on January 8, 2020, to bookend its Broadway run. Since then, other BLACK OUT events have organically taken hold. It is our hope and intention that this site inspires, facilitates, and informs future BLACK OUT events and, in the words of Harris, that “this outreach will snowball into more representation of Black bodies, both onstage and off.”

Articles

New York Times: At Black Out performances, the power of healing through community (2019)

Los Angeles Times: Commentary: Removing the white gaze from ‘Slave Play’ eliminates a hurdle in unpacking it (2022)