In Conversation: James Ijames and John Wilkins
Offsite: Shotgun Players at The Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
“I write about the America I see, and the America I want to see,” says James Ijames, a Philadelphia-based playwright and 2018 Headlands Artist in Residence known for bold works that explore the intersections of race, gender, and class. This summer, Berkeley theater company Shotgun Players presents his bitingly funny play White, which takes on the topic of cultural appropriation in the art world. In this pre-performance talk, Ijames discusses the scope and range of his playwriting, its thematic concerns and strategies, and his working process in a conversation with Bay Area theater critic John Wilkins.
Ijames’s work has been staged around the country and has received numerous accolades, including a 2017 Whiting Award.
Stay to see White at 8PM, with a special discounted ticket price for Headlands Members if you purchase by July 12, 2018. Performance details and tickets at shotgunplayers.org.
Above: A scene from National Black Theater’s 2017 production of James Ijames’s Kill Move Paradise; photo courtesy of James Ijames