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Everybody Black

the annual Quinn Martin production

by Dave Harris

directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

Preview:  March 6 @ 7pm
Show dates:  March 8, 9, 15 & 16 @ 7:30pm,                        March 9 @ 2pm

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

About the Play

A group of white historians with lots of money offer to commission a writer to write the conclusive version of The Black Experience with promises of publication. But not just publish it. They are going to put said experience in a time capsule and then put that time capsule on a rocket ship and blast it into space so that on the fateful day when the aliens arrive to our galaxy, they’ll read the words and understand what Blackness is. The writer agrees but what they didn’t realize is that he is absolutely MAD!!!! EVERYBODY BLACK is a satire/comedy that examines Race, Capitalism, Identify, History and Black Trauma through the imagination of a mad man. Hold on tight you are in for a ride that’s out of this world.

About the Playwright
Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays include EVERYBODY BLACK (Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2019), WHITE HISTORY (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, finalist O'Neill, semi-finalist The Relentless Award), INCENDIARY (Venturous Fellowship at The Lark, NNPN/The Kennedy Center MFA Workshop), EXCEPTION TO THE RULE (Roundabout Underground Reading Series, finalist O'Neill), and TAMBO & BONES (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Fest, SPACE on Ryder Farm) amongst others. He is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow, and a 2018 Venturous Fellow at The Lark. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Dave received his B.A. from Yale and is a second year MFA playwright at UC San Diego.
About the Director

For more than 23 years, Steve H. Broadnax III has been a successful performing artist. He started as an actor, and his passion lead him to expand into writing and directing as well. His professionalism, creativity, and talent make him a sought after director, actor, educator, and writer.

Directing credits include various shows and theatre’s nationally and internationally including: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theatre Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, People’s Light Theatre, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia.

THE HIP HOP PROJECT, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Other writings include AMERICAN TABOO, another award winning full-length play, Camouflage (Eugene O’Neil semi finalist).

As a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Steve toured nationally and internationally has worked in theatres such as Pennsylvania Centre Stage, St. Louis Black Rep, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Muny, Lincoln Amphitheatre, Westport Playhouse, and Ozark Actors Theatre.

Training: BFA Conservatory of Fine Arts Webster University, MFA Penn State University

Steve is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre and Professor in Charge of MFA Acting at Penn State University, and is the Quinn Martin Guest Director at UC San Diego.


Director's Statement

“How do we chronicle the pain of yesterday in a way that makes sense today?”—Dave Harris. As an African American male I was drawn to this central question the play investigates and the style in which the play examines Black Identity and History. It also reflected the idea I subscribe to, “That you don’t know who you are until you see your own reflection.” And in a country that is still sifting through our painful troubled past to identify ourselves and make sense of todays racial, political, and economic climate this play is a well needed exploration. It’s relevant, important, and most of all it’s hilarious!!!

The Cast

  Amara Granderson
  Assata Hefner
  India Gurley
  Janet Fiki
  Anthony Adu
  Corneilus Franklin
  Michael Rishawn
  Xavier Clark
The Creative Team

Director – Steve H. Broadnax III
Scenic Designer – Yi-Chien Lee
Costume Designer – Dominique Fawn Hill
Lighting Designer – Mextly Almeda
Sound Designer – Stephen Jensen
Vocal Coach – Ursula Meyer
Associate Costume Designer – Samantha Englander
Associate Sound Designer – James Reid
Assistant Director – Maddie Williams
Assistant Scenic Designer – Nick Ponting
Assistant Lighting Designer – Minjoo Kim
Costume Assistant – Ryan Shepherd

Production Stage Manager – Bryan Runion
Asst. Stage Managers – Andrew Gutierrez
Assistant Stage Manager – Hazel Park
Production Assistant – Kiko Lu

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Sheila and Hughes Potiker Forum

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.






Mar. 6

Mar. 8

Mar. 9

Mar. 9

Mar. 15

Mar. 16
7:00 pm     PREVIEW

7:30 pm     OPENING

2:00 pm     Matinee

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.534.4574 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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