Actor, Singer, Director, Writer, Teaching Artist
THEATRE BAY AREA AWARD WINNER:
OUTSTANDING SOLO PRODUCTION
Written and Performed by Rotimi Agbabiaka
Directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe
In Lagos, Nigeria, a young boy tries on his mother's wedding dress and discovers a liberating world of make-belief. Setting his sights on a dazzling career as an actor on the American stage, he will first have to leap over obstacles placed by an industry that isn't always welcoming to applicants who are neither white nor straight.
Hailed as a “spectacular, neon-drenched, coup-de-theatre,” Type/Caste is a fast-paced and humorous journey through the peaks, pitfalls, and hallucinations of a young artist’s quest for success. Rotimi Agbabiaka shape-shifts from character to character and uses monologue, song, dance, and drag to embody, explore, and expose the battles minority artists fight in the exclusive world of mainstream American theatre.
June 2016: world premiere @ National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
Sep - Oct 2016: Brava Theater Center, San Francisco, CA
Jan 2017: Blast Festival @ Shotgun Players, Berkeley, CA
Jan - Mar 2017: Murmuration Festival @ Z Space, San Francisco, CA
Feb 2017: OutFest, Austin, TX
Mar 2017: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
June 2017: SF International Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
June 2017: National Queer Arts Festival, Oakland, CA
Jul - Aug 2017: National Black Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
Sep 2018: X Fest @ Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
All Photos by Shot In The City
This project was made possible by grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission in Theater, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and by CA$H, a grants program of Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with Dancers’ Group. It was originally co-produced by Queer Cultural Center.