Dael Orlandersmith's Black n Blue Boys / Broken Men, which plays until June 24, centers on a rarely discussed topic: men and boys who have been abused, often by women. The subject matter is tough, but it's also a moving, poignant, and ultimtely incredibly important show.
The Berkeley Rep staff decided to expand our post-show talkback program especially for Black n Blue Boys. We're now offering talkbacks after every performance, moderated by staff, so audience members can stay and discuss what they've seen.
Today, the New York Times published an opinion piece about abused men that mirrors so much of the themes in Black n Blue Boys. Here are some excerpts:
"...men spend years putting their emotions in a deep freeze or masking post-traumatic reactions with self-defeating behaviors like compulsive gambling and substance abuse. Eventually, they are forced by internal or external events to find treatment."
"Even in 2012, we are socialized to think that 'real men' should be resilient, and certainly not victims. For a man to acknowledge sexual victimhood, even to himself, is to say he is not really male."
If you've seen Black n Blue Boys -- or even if you haven't -- what are your thoughts?