Presented by GTC Dramatic Diologues
Hate groups are on the rise. In Texas an African American man was dragged to death behind a pick-up truck. In Wyoming a gay man was beaten and hung on a fence to die. For most of us, it’s easy to distance ourselves from events like these and say, “That’s not me. I wouldn’t do that.” But what about the subtler prejudices that each of us carries? Do we make assumptions about others based on appearance, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation? How do these assumptions affect our ability to really get to know another individual? More importantly, how can we overcome our preconceptions and begin to bridge the gaps that continue to keep people apart?
Strange Like Me begins with a monologue that lays bare the ugliness of hate, setting the stage for a lively discussion of diversity. In two scenes, we follow six students as they attempt to navigate the sometimes difficult terrain of multicultural campus relationships. During talk-backs, students can confront the characters and voice their own opinions on issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia. This discussion is capped off by a short theatrical scene that reveals the lasting scars prejudice leaves on its victims.
Strange Like Me is a 90-minute program that is perfect for new student orientation or multicultural theme programs.
- Linda, Ted, and Al could be friends, but racist and sexist assumptions drive them apart. How can they learn to bridge the gaps?
- Rich has just discovered that his best friend and roommate is gay. How should he deal with his feelings of fear and betrayal? Can they remain friends?