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Orlando Shakes presents a staged reading of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winning play Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, a searing examination of families, drama and the insidiousness of white supremacy.

At the Frasier household, preparations for Grandma’s birthday party are underway. Beverly is holding on to her sanity by a thread to make sure this party is perfect, but her sister can’t be bothered to help, her husband doesn’t seem to listen, her brother is MIA, her daughter is a teenager, and maybe nothing is what it seems in the first place…! Fairview begins as an easygoing comedy about a middle-class black family gathering for a birthday dinner and ends somewhere else entirely. A play about race, though not only about race, it ultimately brings the audience into the actors’ community to face the deep-seated prejudices of our society.

This reading will have 10-minute intermission after the first act and a 5-minute intermission after the second act.

The following Character Animation Shorts will be shown before this reading: The Moth Effect (2016), Yours, Mime and Ours (2014), Gaiaspora (2013).

This show is recommended for ages 13 and up. Students can use code ILOVEUCF2022 for a $5 discount. Valid student ID required. Photo by Tony Firriolo, from Orlando Shakes’ “Sweetwater Taste.” Pictured LR: Chris Lindsay, Avis-Marie Barnes, Andy Gion, Cherise James.

Presented in partnership with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (Orlando Shakes)