The resistance in the play, Bring the Beat Back, begins with the venue. The Jack theatre which hosted the play, is not a spacious venue and only seats 50 people. This is a form of resistance against large scale productions that seat hundreds of people. I feel as though the size of the venue gave a vastly more intimate feel to the performance. There were times where the actors even made eye contact with me and held it. The size of the theatre also allowed for the actors to encourage people in the audience to join them and dance at the conclusion of the play. This would not have been possible had it not been for the quant size of the venue. This is another form of resistance as this play encourages audience participation, as opposed to larger productions. Another interesting thing about the Jack theatre is that it does not charge for the use of the venue. This allows creators to showcase their work when they may not have had the opportunity otherwise. Many venues, especially in a city like New York, charge astronomical prices for renting which makes the Jack very resistant. The Jack gives small shows the chance to perform to an audience that another venue may have turned away due to the content. This encourages diversity and the exposure of plays that are different and discuss sensitive topics. This is what makes the Jack the perfect place to host Bring the Beat Back.
The play itself was very eccentric from the moment you walked through the door. The walls were lined with tin foil which gave the place a very futuristic feel. With its eye grabbing, loud, costumes, the play immediately captivated the audience. The protagonist of the play is homosexual and we follow him along on his journey to self discovery and acceptance by not only his family and elders, but also himself. The discussion of homosexuality in the play is resistant in that it’s a topic that many people shy away from. Though the play is set in the future, the same issues were brought to light and there was much overlap to how homosexuality is viewed and treated today. The cast also made the play resistant as it was a wholly black cast. This future that features people of color at the center is what afro futurism is all about. This strain of resistance is what most interested me during the performance. This future only showed people of color, it depicted a future where this was the norm and where people of color were the ones at the center of attention and authority. The mainstream media rarely focuses on content such as this. It is always white people seen depicted in television shows and movies. Overall, the play was very interesting and held my attention for its entire duration. There is no shortage of resistance in this play.