The Gazelle

Dr. William Bengtson and Suzanne Bengtson
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 6:30pm
Venue: 
The Playwrights' Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Cost: 
Free; no reservation necessary

Based on the story of a real couple and set in Minneapolis, The Gazelle is a romantic comedy that explores racial contradictions humorously yet provocatively, exposing realities and hypocrisies of racism and racial stereotypes in America.  Darlene, an African-American female born and raised in Southside Chicago, meets Robert, a suburban Minneapolis-raised white corporate professional male.  As the dating relationship progresses, Darlene struggles internally to justify her ever-growing feelings toward Robert and how those feelings contrast with her identity as a black woman.  While Darlene is challenged to validate her loyalty to black heritage, Robert becomes starkly aware of the racial assumptions he has held; opening his eyes to systemic ignorance engrained within the culture that has surrounded him throughout his life.  Often lighthearted, yet occasionally hard-hitting, The Gazelle is a love story that probes race and relationship dynamics at their core to deliver the fundamental message that we are all something more than skin deep.