Conceived and performed by E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University
This performance is based on the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised and continue to live in the South, ranging in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show, which has toured to over 80 college campuses from 2006 to the present.
This performance is part of the Performance Ethnography: Explorations in Theory and Practice Symposium, April 23-24. For a complete schedule of events, please visit the Oberlin event calendar: https://calendar.oberlin.edu/event/performance_ethnography_explorations_in_theory_and_practice