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Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Maurice Carlton And Eric Frazier

NEW YORK -- In "Life Among the Aryans," an American political satire by Ishmael Reed, directed by Rome Neal, the time is the future and the political pendulum has swung way back. Now the president is Jewish and the head of the FBI is a Black woman, presenting such a nightmare to the far right that they now miss the president they called The Muslim King. The government has enacted reparations to Black Americans for the unpaid labor of their ancestors. This inspires envy and desperation among impecunious members of the Alt-Right. But it also inspires them to a new, uproarious strategy of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Ishmael Reed will present the satire May 31 to June 24 at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East Third Street (betw. Avenues B and C).

The play presents a cunning satire of White class consciousness. In its hilariously dystopian future, it's clear that white supremacists have been hornswoggled by their Alt-Right President, P.P. Spanky, who has shuffled up all their wealth to his billionaire friends. But these white folks still don't realize that all along, Blacks should have been their natural allies in their fight against exploitation. Alt-Right activists contort themselves ideologically to fit into the new world order while their wives escape the misery of their home lives by "going Black." With wordplay and irony, the play reminds us how nowadays, red state ideologues have enthusiastically elected their own exploiters, making them share with Black America the butt end of the economy. In Ishmael Reed's traditional style, every character is a clown. The play uses time-honored techniques of signifyin' to make light of how white folks are oblivious to the irony of their political situation.

The play was originally workshopped at the Cafe with the support of NYSCA.