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Rainey Institute

1705 East 55th Street

Cleveland, OH 44105

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“Black and Blue Rhapsody” is a dramatic play set in the fictionalized Rust Belt city of Jefferson, during the time period of 1968, 1988, 2008, and 2016. The show opens in an African American inner-city barber shop, and the neighborhood surrounding it. The characters are local residents.

Tate, a long-time barbershop owner nearing retirement, and Ace, his ex-con friend, hang out with their neighborhood customers and buddies when the invariable police frustrations crop up after two cops chase a black kid into the shop. "Black and Blue Rhapsody," a 2-act drama, by Richard Asbury, presents community relations issues, the problems, attitudes, perceptions and behaviors between African American residents and the police, which hopes to offer possible solutions to improve interactions between the two groups.

The prevailing question of the story is, “Does anything change except the date when it comes to African Americans and police community relations?” Following each performance, will be a post-show/candid conversation dealing with Apathy . . . Anxiety . . . Anticipation . . . DEATH and how this impacts the urban community’s attitudes & experiences with politics and police relations.

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