The Bronx is Next

Sonia Sanchez’s Sister Son/ji & The Bronx is Next

Thursday, August 6 @ 8 pm
Friday, August 7 @ 8 pm
Saturday, August 8 @ 8 pm
Sunday, August 9 @ 3 pm
Thursday, August 13 @ 8 pm
Friday, August 14 @ 8 pm
Saturday, August 15 @ 8 pm
Sunday, August 16 @ 3 pm
Monday, August 17 @ 8 pm
$20-$30 Riverside Theatre
91 Claremont Avenue
between 120th and 121st Streets
New York, NY 10027

An evening of two one-act plays celebrating the bold spirit of poet/ playwright Sonia Sanchez. Sanchez’s first play, The Bronx Is Next, is a provoking commentary on interracial racism and interracial sexism that premiered in The Drama Review in 1968. The play typifies Sanchez’s bold spirit as it illustrates her early capacity to celebrate the Black Power Movement and critique it at the same time.

Sister Son/Ji, in part, explores the vital role in the movement of college students whose personal interactions often mimicked confrontational, unhealthy male/female relationships derived from sexist behavior within the larger black (militant) community. Descriptions of social and personal divisions among characters in the play emphasize Sanchez’s criticisms of black paternalism within the movement-continuing Sanchez’s unflinching examination of paradoxical notions of liberation in the Black Power Movement. This BeBop Theatre Collective production marks the 40th anniversary of Sister Son/Ji.

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