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Critical Breaks Reading Series: Chasing Mehserle 

Friday, March 9, 2018 - Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hip Hop Culture

This captivating performance piece examines race, class, gender, and privilege through the lens of a fictional character as he processes the real-life murder of Oscar Grant.



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 "A searing portrait of injustice prolonged." SF Gate

Chasing Mehserle
is a performance piece mapping the city of Oakland’s changing demographics, morphing culture, gentrification, and the communal response to the real-life murder of Oscar Grant at the hands of police officer Johannes Mehserle on January 1, 2009.

A sequel to Chinaka Hodge’s first play Mirrors in Every Corner, Chasing Mehserle examines race, class, gender, and privilege through the lens of fictional character, Watts, who has been agoraphobic since seeing the Rodney King beatings as a child. He makes a New Year’s resolution to finally leave the house—the same day Grant is murdered by Mehserle.

Chasing Mehserle was originally commissioned by Black Women’s Playwrights Group and co-presented by Intersection for the Arts, Hip Hop Theater Fest, The Living Word Project, and MIT’s Media Lab.


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