Award-winning theatre, URBAN STAGES, presents HONKY - a darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the muddy waters of race, advertising and basketball shoes.
Starring Scott Barrow, Philip Callen, Dave Droxler, Danielle Faitelson, Anthony Gaskins, Chris Myers, Reynaldo Piniella and Arie Bianca Thompson
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When a black sneaker company hires a white CEO, their commercials begin glorifying the “ghetto" and sales triple among white teens. But when violence erupts in a black community, the shoe designer blames the ads and promises revenge. Meanwhile, the writer of the ads is paralyzed by white guilt – which only gets worse when his therapist turns out not to be what he expected. Luckily, there’s a new racism pill on the market advertising, "If you don't think you need it, you're probably a racist!" HONKY takes a comedic look at the symbiotic relationship between racism and commercialism.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. Since, his plays have been produced in numerous cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago, Bloomington, IN and Beirut, Lebanon. Greg received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project. His one-act plays have won awards at the Samuel French Festival, Fusion Theatre Festival and twice at the Turnip Festival. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written numerous commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, as well as, Twitter’s first ever ad campaign. Greg was a lead writer on the award winning “This is SportsCenter” campaign and created ESPN’s Monday Night Football campaign: “Is it Monday Yet?” Greg’s screenplay, LAST DAY MAN, was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.
*Graphics by Stuart Jennings