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"Girls" play looks at black female identity


“Girls! Girls? Girls,” a one-woman play that explores the perception and challenges of being black and female in today’s society, will be presented by the Womyn’s Union Club Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in Old Chapel.

Written and performed by Marjuan Canady, the play has been featured at colleges and in theaters nationwide, with Canady receiving the 2010 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work Grant. Canady was inspired by the people and neighborhoods in New York City, and she transforms herself into 10 diverse characters, each of whom personifies a different concern or voice of black women worldwide.

“We hope this performance will be eye-opening to the Union community and bring new perspectives,” said Helena-Jasmine Sowah ’13, Womyn’s Union president.

The performance is co-sponsored by Africana Studies, American Studies, Beuth House, the Black Student Union, UNITAS, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Representatives of the YWCA of Schenectady will be on hand during the performance to collect donations that will go toward programs that benefit women and children.

There will be a reception at 7:15 p.m. in Beuth House following the performance.