Professor and Students Explore Culture and Identity at Local Play

Professor and Students Explore Culture and Identity at Local Play Associate Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste took her English Literature students to see a play, “Native Gardens” at the Arena Stage Theater in Washington, D.C., on October 27.

From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías, who also wrote “Destiny of Desire,” comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone’s notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste.

Professor and Students Explore Culture and Identity at Local Play The play tied in with the course’s themes of culture and identity. The students enjoyed their experiences, and learned how to have difficult conversations in today’s world.

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