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Celebrate Black History Month

1/18/2008 —

Did you ever want to explore, uncover, or just simply learn the truth? Then imagine finding out in your early thirties that you are not the person who you thought you were. That you have a family, a history, and an ethnicity you never knew about. How would this discovery impact your life, the lives of those around you, your vision of yourself and society?

In recognition of Black History Month, Penn State Wilkes-Barre presents a one-man theatrical play entitled Incognito, starring Michael Sidney Fosberg. The one-hour, solo-production, is Fosberg’s story about growing up believing he was white, then discovering early on that he is actually black. In this often funny, deeply emotional one-man performance, he guides his audience on a journey filled with issues of race, diversity, family history, divorce, adoption, and finding a father. According to the Chicago Tribune, “His story, simply but tellingly told… will almost certainly change your attitude in the way you look at yourself, at your society, at the vicissitudes of your life and at the people who fill your days."

Fosberg’s presentation unfolds as a mystery allowing the audience to make their own discoveries about themselves and their perceptions of identity, race and stereotypes. It has been hailed by educators and critics alike as an extremely effective tool, helping audiences to open the door on discussions of race and inclusion.

During Black History Month, you can see the performance of Incognito for one night only, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in Barry Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Activities Office at 570-675-9284.

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