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The Woodland

60 Woodland Road

Maplewood, NJ 07040

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Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is delighted to present its third reading event of its 2017-2018 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of THE MAGIC NEGRO AND OTHER BLACKNESS, an award-winning one-man show written and directed by Mark Kendall.


Why do we laugh at the things that we do, and why are we sometimes a little wary laughing at others? Well, maybe it’s time to take a closer look. Mark Kendall uses a series of comedic sketches to examine the representation of black males in the media in his critically acclaimed one-man show.


And if you have ever pondered the idea that Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham might be racially charged, or whether it is possible to skip and listen to hip hop at the same time, or for that matter, whether black people actually carry around race cards, then come laugh out loud and hear the Magic Negro lay down some comedic wisdom!


This is not a magic show, but come prepared to laugh until your belly hurts!


Originally produced at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta.


About the playwright – Mark Kendall

Mark Kendall first got into comedy while studying film at Northwestern University. He had a chance to work at Comedy Central through the Chris Rock Summer School Program for up and coming comedy writers of color. During his time at Comedy Central, Kendall got to pitch jokes to the writing staffs of "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." Mark performs comedy in Atlanta at Dad's Garage Theatre Company and Highwire Comedy, and also teaches improv and sketch writing. He is currently touring with his one-man show "The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness", a sketch show that examines the depiction of black men in the media. For his work with the show, Kendall was named "Best Professional Funny Man" by Creative Loafing Atlanta.

About Theater at The Woodland
Midtown Direct Rep’s Theater at The Woodland is a series of readings of new plays and musicals in development, presented on Sunday evenings in the Parlor at The Woodland, right in the center of Maplewood Village. The readings include lively post-show discussions with the cast and creative team, fostering a fun and collaborative environment that allows the audience to be a part of the development of vital new works. Many of the plays presented by this reading series have gone on to major productions off-Broadway, in regional theaters, and beyond.

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