Shape: Cotton and Love Bloom Together

Shape details the life and travails of vaudevillian fairies (winged, anomalous), exploited for their historical songs and dances, used by the dominant culture, and abandoned at times of great need. It is based loosely on the biographies of African American vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia MacClain, who at one point took part in a vast spectacle staged in Brooklyn at the beginning of the 20th Century. Black America put 500 black performers in a camp in Brooklyn, where they reenacted the joys of plantation life.

Here is the original New York Times article detailing the event, an astounding archival artifact.

Come see ShapeSunday, November 18th at 2:00 pm.

Tickets here.