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Dark Fruit II (1993)

Dark Fruit II (1993) HIDVL

This performance of Dark Fruit represents the second iteration ofthe show. Marvin K. White stepped in for Eric Gupton during the latter's sabbatical. Dark Fruit is the second of two full-length shows conceived, written, and performed by Pomo Afro Homos (Postmodern African-American Homosexuals). It premiered at the Public Theatre in December 1991 and went onto tour the US and England. Its searing critique of family and identity within African-American and mainstream cultures were emblematic of the group's work. Starting out with a satirical medical analysis of the black homosexual male, Dark Fruit weaves together a variety of sketches, excerpts from Pomo Afro Homos' previous performances, and original vignettes covering the complexities of black gay life. By engaging a range of topics, including school integration, interracial relationships, and generational conceptions of queerness, the members of Pomo Afro Homos each created a collaborative, broad-ranging vision of what it means to be a human living in a particular kind of body.


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  • Title: Dark Fruit II
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:15:14
  • Language: English
  • Date: 14 Sept 1993
  • Location: Recorded at Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, IL.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Djola Branner, performer; Brian Freeman, performer; Marvin K. White, performer.
  • Credits: Djola Branner, writer; Brian Freeman, writer; Eric Gupton, writer; Marvin K. White, writer; Susan Finque, director.
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