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"Invoice for Emotional Labor" - Reading by Christopher Johnson

  • Brooklyn Coffee Tea & Guest House 209 Douglas Ave, Providence RI 02908 (map)

Invoice for Emotional Labor is a multi-discipline performance answering the asked and not so obvious unasked questions about race and racism.

Join Providence City Poet Laureate Christopher Johnson for a full reading of his new work "Invoice for Emotional Labor." Weather permitting, the reading will take place in the garden of the newly refurbished Brooklyn Coffee Tea & Guest House, a hidden gem located in the historic Smith Hill district of Providence.

"Invoice for Emotional Labor" is a multi-discipline performance answering the asked and not so obvious unasked questions about race and racism from the perspective of poet and 2018 McColl Johnson finalist and RISCA Playwright fellow Christopher Johnson.

Inspired by John Leguizamo's "Latin History for Morons," playwright Christopher Johnson solo performance provides the audience members insight into his experiences being an artist educator and black person in America using story, narrative and poetry. Covering racial etiquette, historic facts not taught in school, cultural differences i.e. why they are important, defunct unacceptable cultural practices, unconscious bias, why Webster's definition of racism is obsolete, the blurred lines of cultural appropriation and cultural exchange etc, the playwright answers questions frequently asked on social media, in periodicals, op-eds and general conversation.
A topic with this weight must have a humanizing healing component so there will be a talk back after the reading. The dialogue between playwright and audience has proven beneficial as a cultural exchange.

Tickets are not required but recommended to reserve your spot
Free on and off street parking available.
Cafe will be open serving coffee, soft drinks and daily cafe menu

Earlier Event: September 7
Private Event