Last year marked MASC’s 25th year of incorporation but in many ways marked a renewal for us and this year we will be building on our solid foundation. Right out of the gate we have an awesome event to invite you to attend. MASC will be participating in a talkback session after the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of “The Whipping Man.” See details of this event below. We will also get together to watch the much anticipated “Black or White” with Kevin Kostner and Octavia Spencer, details to come soon. Shortly thereafter we will hold our second and third Color Conversation parenting seminars. We are so excited about this series since our first seminar was so popular and enriching for the attendees. Our hope is for those that attended the first seminar to come back because we will be building on the conversation based on questions that went unanswered before. Next up will be our annual FREE visit to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center and completion of our multiracial elementary education curriculum. ALL THAT in just the FIRST HALF of this year! If you are like me then you probably support many causes throughout the year. But how many of them seek to represent you on such a personal level? How many organizations advocate for the multiracial community all year long? Won’t you join us as a member or renew your membership this year? Your membership means so much more than financial support but also sends a message that you believe in the great work we do year round. Stay tuned for more to come!
MASC to Participate in Talkback Session after The Whipping Man at the Pasadena Playhouse- Tuesday, February 10, 8 PM
MASC’s founder Nancy Brown will join in conversation with our friends from Mixed Roots Stories and other organizations to discuss the themes raised by this riveting production. This has been one of the top 10 plays produced at regional theaters throughout the country for the past two years. In the aftermath of the civil war, a confederate captain and his two former slaves are drawn back to the ruins of their once grand estate. The play delves deeply and graphically into the intertwined relationships between former slaves and slave-owners (in this case, Jewish slave-owners, adding another dimension), and is a provocative look at how the U.S. has a long multiracial history. On the eve of the passover seder, they are haunted by their scarred pasts, hit with the reality of their uncertain future, and ultimately drawn together by the strength of family.
For a review of the production by the LA Times click here.
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