West Lafayette, Ind.—Purdue University's Black and Latino cultural centers are teaming up to present the comedy "Platanos and Collard Greens" on Oct. 13.
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"Platanos and Collard Greens" is a story about two college students, an African-American and a Latina, who fall in love. Together, they face hidden prejudices and defend their bond to family and friends, as their families are forced to confront and overcome biases.
"The play is a dynamic production that will challenge students to further explore the Afro-Latin cultures," said Renee Thomas, director of the Black Cultural Center.
"Platanos and Collard Greens" was written by David Lamb, a native of Queens, N.Y., who wrote this play while working on Wall Street to capture the social and political issues between African-Americans and Latinos in New York. The play sold out the first night it debuted in a small Manhattan theater in 2003. When "Platanos and Collard Greens" started its college tour in 2003, it opened to a standing-room-only crowd at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Now in its eighth season, the show has been introduced to more than 200,000 people. It has been performed at the Adrienne Arscht Center for Performing Arts in Miami, The Forum performing arts venue in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and at more than 250 colleges in more than 30 states.
This year, the Black Cultural Center and Latino Cultural Center are focusing on Afro-Latin culture and history. The centers are providing programming that will enhance knowledge about the cultural richness of the African presence in the Americas. The fall 2011 theme for the Black Cultural Center is Rhythm of Hope, Power of Heritage: Exploring the Afro-Latin Experience.
"Just like our cultural centers on campus, African and Latin American histories and cultures intertwine and complement each other to produce a richness in food, languages, cultural traditions, music and success," said Maricela Alvarado, director of the Latino Cultural Center.