As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Wednesday 25 April 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the American playwright Joel Drake Johnson – as well as director and stars – about the UK premiere of his acclaimed play Rasheeda Speaking at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. Got any questions?
I’m so pleased to reunite with Troupe for a third-post-show Q&A – my second with director Jonathan O’Boyle for the company and the first as Troupe makes its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios. Tanya Moodie and Elizabeth Berrington lead a stellar cast in the UK premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama Rasheeda Speaking, also featuring Bo Poraj and Sheila Reid.
In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white doctor tries to remove a black receptionist by enlisting her colleague as a spy. The women’s friendship quickly deteriorates and a chilling power struggle ensues. With the office becoming a battleground of passive aggression and paranoia, things spin wildly out of control.
★★★★★ “Terrific… sharp & probing” – New York Daily News
★★★★ “Intense… transfixing” – TimeOut
Joel Drake Johnson’s incendiary new play examines underlying racism in the workplace, white guilt and the manipulation of women by men in power. Rasheeda Speaking is a shocking dark comedy that keeps you in its claustrophobic grip until the final moment, proving that nothing in Middle America is ever truly black or white. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Hair, Dear Brutus, Pippin) and produced by Troupe (critically acclaimed productions of JM Barrie’s Dear Brutus and Jacobean drama The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse), who make their debut at Trafalgar Studios.
For the Rasheeda Speaking post-show Q&A on Wednesday 25 April 2018, I’ll be joined by playwright Joel Drake Johnson, visiting the UK specially for the production, director Jonathan O’Boyle and members of the cast.