The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente


Collaborators Daaimah Mubashshir & Raja Feather Kelly were drawn together out of a desire tolocate truths, the sublime, and to expand the vocabulary of blackness on stage. Kelly’s artistic practice combines dance, sketch comedy, minstrelsy, and devised theatre; Mubashshir conceived Everyday Afroplay, a daily theatrical writing practice on blackness and the black body that serves as a well-spring of material for her company of collaborators.

Together, they have developed one Everyday Afroplay into the first episode of a larger work—The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente—which centers the experience of two black corporate executives as they navigate climbing the ladder toward financial liberation. In the style of a Post -Black Minstrelsy, Cardigan and Khente's first question is: Why does success and freedom always come down to “what do they think of us?”

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