ABOUT OH COLONIZERS
In the pilot episode, Chicago’s self-proclaimed Cultural Historian of Black Joy and Resident Philosopher, remixes a Masterpiece Theatre format with a TV reality dating show to expose the folly of “Honkey Kong 2021.” With her signature humor and insight, Stillwell unpacks the ways white people throughout America’s history have spread "oppression mayonnaise" over countless Black and Brown people, focusing particularly on the period after the Civil War when America had a choice between emancipation, reconciliation, and capitalism. The 20-minute show is punctuated with several hilarious mock TV ads peddling white people’s favorite false products and services, like Audacity Energy Drink, Colonial Savings and Loan, and Confederate Cellular.
Watch the January 6th screening of Oh Colonizers, followed by a Crucial Conversation with creator Carla Stillwell. Once you purchase your ticket, you will receive an link to view the episode via email.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Paul M. Angell Foundation.
MEET CARLA STILLWELL
Carla Stillwell (she/her) is the creator of Oh Colonizers and Collaboraction's Producer.
Ms. Stillwell has been an award-winning actor, playwright, producer, artistic director and teacher for three decades. Ms. Stillwell is a teaching artist with Victory Gardens Theatre and will be joining the Loyola University theatre department’s adjunct staff in Spring 2022.
Ms. Stillwell has founded The Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Arts. This organization moves with a mission to recruit, develop and support contemporary Black artists and to teach art making in the Black community as a healing practice, a vehicle for social change and a viable career opportunity. Most recently, she has joined the staff of Collaboraction as the company's first full-time producer.
HOW TO SUPPORT
Thanks to a generous donation from The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, we've launched a match campaign, running until March 31st, 2022!
The foundation has agreed to match up to $5,000 in donations, ticket sales and CollaborActivist memberships in support of the show, so that we can continue to develop and produce it.
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