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    Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

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    Based on the research of sociologist Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a groundbreaking new work on race relations that delivers a gut-wrenching, eye-opening, and ultimately uplifting perspective on the complex and emotionally charged issues of contemporary race relations. Dr. Learys theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome postulates that the African American community has suffered from the causes and exhibits all of the traditional symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her work explores the idea that North American chattel slavery itself was the inevitable consequence of a collision of fundamentally incompatible value systems: one derived as a means of survival in prehistoric Africa, the other as a means of survival in prehistoric Northern Europe. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome investigates these ideas using theatre, dance, music, and performance art to create a multifaceted, theatrically and emotionally charged work in contrast to Dr. Learys strictly academic approach. The stage action is complemented by original sound compositions by Leo-Coltrane Marcelin, lights by Jim Milkey, and costumes by Julie Winger. Since closing the shows debut run on October 7, Kamal Sinclair Steele has substantially rewritten the second act, which focuses on the parallel psychological injuries suffered by White Americans.

    Dates:  Jan. 31, 2002 - Feb. 24, 2002
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.
    Venue:  Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street near Pitt
    Price:  $20
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    Tickets/info:  (212) 802-9350

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