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Black Sheep Theatre premieres political satire

BOONE—Black Sheep Theatre will perform Dennis Bohr’s newest play, “BROWN: Jesus from Another Planet,” Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in I.G. Greer Arena Theatre on Appalachian State University’s campus. Admission is $5 at the door.

“BROWN: Jesus from Another Planet” is set in the near future in the United States after cataclysmic earthquakes, fracking, flooding and other climate changes have reshaped America into separate states, ruled by Super Ted Texas, Mitt-King of Utah and Queen Sarah-Michele of Alaska, among others.

Texas has seceded from the union, New York is underwater but still open for business, and San Francisco is now the Floating Island of San Francisco.

The play also hearkens back to Woodstock and the ’60s, telling the story of a kid born at Woodstock in 1969 and what has happened to him in the years since. The play satirically examines the United States’ propensities for war and its resistance to the realities of climate change, while also suggesting a new way of resolving conflict.

The play uses strong themes and language that might not be suitable for all ages. The production is supported by a university Sustainability Arts Grant.

Black Sheep Theatre was co-founded in Louisville, Ky., by Bohr, Georgia Rhoades and Mary Anne Maier. Bohr is a lecturer in Appalachian’s Department of English and Rhoades is coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program in University College and a professor in the Department of English.

The theatre troupe has performed in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and across the U.S.