JPC Partnership: "Conversations" With Taproot Theatre


Taproot Theatre's West Coast Premiere of Brownie Points



Brownie PointsTaproot Theater partnered with SPU’s John Perkins Center to foster discussion around the West Coast premiere of the play Brownie Points.


Brownie Points by Janece Shaffer is a modern comedy about racial identity and motherhood. Five moms of varied racial backgrounds courageously tackle a discussion about their differences, their common bonds and their need for greater understanding.  This play demonstrates a conversation about overcoming our fear when talking about race, about speaking honestly and listening actively.


Says Taproot director, Karen Lund, “This story provides a safe place to ask ourselves some of our hardest social questions.”


Learn how the conversation began.


Joining the discussions


Brownie Points Conversations

The Perkins Center partnered with Taproot Theatre as they hosted guided, collaborative discussions exploring the play's themes of race, identity, and motherhood following the Thursday performances of Brownie Points.


Neighbors and Strangers

Discussing Diversity and the Experience of Race in Seattle

Special guest performance from the Total Experience Gospel Choir.


In conjunction with the play Brownie Points, on Monday, June 13, Taproot Theatre invited a panel of guests to engage a conversation about diversity and the experience of race in Seattle, with our own Tali Hairston as moderator. This event is free but RSVP is required due to limited seating.


View this event recorded by The Seattle Channel.


Deeply Embarassed White People Talk Awkwardly About Race

Jen Graves, within The Stranger, reflects on race, specificly whiteness, in the Seattle context after the Neighbors and Strangers event with Taproot Theater.


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