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Finding perspective on race and privilege: "Master Harold"... and the Boys

Also on Arizona Spotlight: A conversation with James D. Diamond about his book "After the Blood Bath", and Part 2 of Youth Crossing Gender Borders, "Changing Expectations".

master harold cast hero Kent Gash directs the Arizona Theatre Company's production of "Master Harold"...and the Boys. From left to right, Oliver Prose, Odera Adimorah, Kent Gash, Ian Eaton.
courtesy Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Spotlight

January 16th, 2020

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Featured on the January 16th, 2020 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Youth Crossing Gender Borders is a five-part series that explores the complex landscape of young people and gender identity. Laura Markowitz talks to teens, parents, and experts on the forefront of understanding the spectrum of human identity.

In Part 2, "Changing Expectations": “Is it a boy or a girl?” By age three, children develop their own internal sense of gender identity. When their inner identity doesn’t match their biology, the experience can be confusing and challenging not just for the child, but for the whole family.

Gender border ep2 hero Tucson’s Pride celebration includes transgender youth from preschool through high school as well as their families and friends.
Laura Markowitz

  • January of 2020 marks the ninth anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured thirteen, including then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Emma Gibson, the tribal affairs reporter at AZPM, spoke with lawyer, professor and author James D. Diamond about his book After the Blood Bath: Is Healing Possible in the Wake of Rampage Shootings?, which compares how Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities cope with the results of mass shootings.
blood bath book unsized VIEW LARGER James D. Diamond's book “After the Blood Bath: Is Healing Possible in the Wake of Rampage Shootings?” published by Michigan State University Press.
  • Mark talks with New York-based stage director and educator Kent Gash about coming to Tucson to direct "Master Harold"...and the Boys for the Arizona Theatre Company. The play, written by South African playwright Athol Fugard, explores the consequences of Apartheid-era politics between a young man born into privilege, and the two African servants whom he has known his entire life. For the interview, Gash is joined by Odera Adimorah, one of the three actors. "Master Harold"...and the Boys opens at The Temple of Music & Art in Tucson on Saturday, January 18th and runs through February 8th, before heading to Phoenix for performances from February 13th through March 1st.

master harold rehearsal hero Director Kent Gash (2nd from left) works with the cast of "Master Harold"...and the Boys in a rehearsal space at Arizona Theatre Company. The actors (l to r) are Oliver Prose, Odera Adimorah and Ian Eaton.
courtesy Arizona Theatre Company

master harold poster art ujsized VIEW LARGER The poster art for the 2020 Arizona Theatre Company production of "Master Harold"...and the Boys.
courtesy Arizona Theatre Company
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