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uncle tom: de-constructed this weekend at Grace Street Theater

The Conciliation Project and the CARE Initiative present

“uncle tom: de-constructed”

directed by Tawnya Pettiford-Wates and performed by members of The Conciliation Project

This play is TCP’s inaugural production that gave birth to The Conciliation Project and has been presented all over the world, including in South Africa, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and at the New Orleans Fringe Festival where it won “best in show”.

“uncle tom: de-constructed” interrogates and unmasks the characters created in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as a major contributing factor in the way commercial and media images of African Americans are represented today.

The play draws correlations to blackface minstrelsy as a direct predecessor to current racist stereotypes within communities of color. Each performance includes a community dialogue about our nation’s historic legacy and relation to the conversation about race.

Performances are in 3 locations:

March 29, 30 at 7:30pm
March 31 at 4pm
VCU – Grace Street Theatre
934 West Grace Street

April 7 at 7:30pm
University of Richmond campus
Modlin Center – Cousins Studio Theater

April 11, 12 at 7:30pm
Sycamore Rouge – Petersburg, VA
306 N Sycamore Street
Petersburg, Virginia


The Conciliation Project’s mission is to promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about racism in America in order to repair its damaging legacy.

These performances are made possible by funding from the VCU Quest for Distinction Fund and from Alternate ROOTS and the Ford Foundation through the ROOTS Tour & Residency Program. Thanks to VCU School of the Arts and the Gay Community Center of Richmond for additional support.

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