WHO: The Barnard College Theatre Department presents Funnyhouse of a Negro and A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White, by Adrienne Kennedy, directed by Associate Professor of Professional Practice Alice Reagan, with set design by Associate Professor of Professional Practice Sandra Goldmark, who is also Barnard’s Director of Sustainability.  

The plays feature the acting work of Barnard, Columbia, and School of General Studies students, with professional design work by Ramaj Jamar (costume), Reza Behjat (lighting), Fan Zhang (sound), and David Pym (projections). 

Both of the one-act plays will appear consecutively in all four performances, which will be held over three days.

WHAT: In each of these short, intense plays, a young black protagonist embarks on voyages of the mind through her life, seeking to reconcile her racial heritage with a culture that rewards whiteness. Kennedy uses hallucinatory imagery to depict the fractured mental landscapes of her leading women in autobiographical stories that are reflective of the time period in which they were written while still relatable for contemporary audiences. Adrienne Kennedy was a pivotal member of the Off-Broadway movement of the 1960s and ’70s and has won three Obie Awards. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2018. With an entr’acte by Jackie Sibblies Drury, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  

Thursday, October 17, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Glicker-Milstein Theatre
Diana Center, Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027



Alli Cooke


Adrienne Kennedy plays