Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies


This irreverent world premiere drama set in Achievement Heights, Maryland follows Marquis, a book smart prep-schooler and Tru, a street savvy drop-out from inner-city Baltimore. Their worlds overlap in a holding cell where both are being detained. Tru observes that Marquis seems to have lost his “blackness” and pens a how-to manual entitled “Being Black for Dummies,” assuming the role of professor, courtship counselor, and hip-hop advisor. Marquis returns to school ready to make his mark as he and Tru continue to butt heads, debate, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing. Serge Seiden (When January Feels Like Summer, Bad Jews) directs this urgent world premiere by local rising star Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm.

Presented by Mosaic Theater Company of DC

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$15 - $60

Discount Tickets Available http://www.mosaictheater.org/tickets

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Box Office Phone: 202-399-7993

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 01/25/2017 - 02/19/2017
Sunday 3:00pm7:30pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 8:00pm--
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 3:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 01/25/2017 - 8:15pm Pay What You Can Preview
  • 01/26/2017 - 8:15pm Preview Performance
  • 01/27/2017 - 8:15pm Preview Performance
  • 01/28/2017 - 8:15pm Preview Performance
  • 01/29/2017 - 4:00pm Preview Performance
  • 02/02/2017 - 11:00am Student Matinee
  • 02/18/2017 - 10:00pm Late Show
Performer Role
Emma Lou Hébert Meadow
Jennifer Mendenhall Praire/Debra
Keith L Royal Smith Marquis
Josh Adams Fielder, Dionysus, Concerned Citizen
Madeline Rose Burrows Clementine
Jeremy Keith Hunter Tru
Dylan Morrison Myers Hunter, Headmaster Burns
Frederick Strother Apollo/Officer Borzoi
Production Personnel
Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Serge Seiden
Costume Designer
Brandee Mathies
Set Designer
Ethan Sinnott
Sound Designer
David Lamont Wilson
Lighting Designer
Brittany Shemuga
Projections/Media Designers
MiMi D'Autremont
Roc Lee
Properties: Kat Fleshman


Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
About the Venue:
X2 bus from Gallery Pl/Chinatown. H2 Bus from Union Stn. DC Streetcar from H St/Union Station or Benning Rd/Oklahoma Ave

Getting There

  • Union Station (Red Line)
  • X2 bus from Gallery Pl/Chinatown. H2 Bus from Union Stn. DC Streetcar from H St/Union Station or Benning Rd/Oklahoma Ave


  • Street parking
  • Valet parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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