Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center
Regularly priced tickets are $37.50.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents One Drop of Love on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jaeb Theater.
Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, this extraordinary one-woman show by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni incorporates filmed images, photographs and animation to tell the story of how the notion of race came to be in the United States and how it affected her relationship with her father. This show is a moving memoir that takes audiences from the 1600s to the present, to cities all over the United States and West and East Africa, where both father and daughter spent time in search of their racial roots. Funny and provocative, One Drop of Love is a spellbinding and honest journey into the heart of finding one’s place in the world and in the complicated microcosm of one’s family.
An award-winning actor, producer and educator, Cox DiGiovanni has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR as a spokesperson on using the arts to explore racial identity. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. She has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award and with Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships. She holds a bachelor of arts in Spanish and education, a master of arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a master of fine arts in television, film and theater. She is also a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theater/LA Playwrights Unit and a co-curator of MixedRootsStories.org.
“Fanshen’s story is quite incredible, but it is her retelling of it that captures an audience. I have rarely seen a group of teenagers so rapt with attention to hear the next word. Her ability to use the personal to build a story about race, family and bridging painful rifts among loved ones and strangers was so potent for these young men and women who grapple with these issues daily. She is the kind of performer who will inspire people to embrace what makes them different and see it as a strength.” (Randall Arney, artistic director, Geffen Playhouse)
Regularly priced tickets for the Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., performance of One Drop of Love are $37.50 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Sales Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. Handling fees will apply. For more information about the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit the Straz Center’s website at www.strazcenter.org.
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