- November 3, 2016
- 7:00 pm
401 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
Issa Rae, star and creator of HBO's new comedy Insecure, has made it her goal to share the experience of realistic, complicated, and contemporary women of color with a broad audience. Best known for her beloved YouTube series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl—which Issa wrote, directed, and starred in—she is also the author of a New York Times bestselling book of short stories.
Issa's work focuses on and accurately depicts the challenges faced by people of color with disarming humor. The glimpses she offers into her inner world are a rare depiction of one aspect of the black experience described by W.E.B. Du Bois as "double-consciousness".
Insecure dissects this sense of duality and other race-related issues with wit and grace. The multiracial cast and writing team, including Larry Wilmore and Melina Matsoukas, is a demonstration of the ongoing move towards diversity in the entertainment industry. This need for change and the impact it has on society at large motivates Issa's work. Issa Rae will be joined in conversation by Erika Chong Shuch to discuss her life, work, and misadventures.
With her own unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae's content has garnered over 23 million views and 200,000 YouTube subscribers (and counting). In addition to making Glamour Magazine's "35 Under 35", Forbes' "30 Under 30" and Entertainment Weekly's "Breaking Big" lists, Issa's hit series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was the recipient of the coveted Shorty Award for Best Web Show. Issa's first book, a collection of short stories, is a New York Times Best Seller and her latest project, Insecure, a half-hour comedy show for HBO, premieres Fall 2016. Issa has received national attention with major media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, ELLE, Seventeen, Rolling Stone,BuzzFeed, Fast Company, MSNBC, Essence, Fader, Variety and more.
Meet Issa Rae
For just $45, add a VIP Reception ticket to your order. Meet the artist from 5:00-6:00pm in the intimate CIIS gallery, located at 1453 Mission Street. Attendance very limited.
Erika Chong Shuch is a performance maker, choreographer and director whose topic-driven ruminations coalesce into imagistic assemblages of music, movement, text, and design. Interested in expanding ideas around how performance is created and shared, Erika's work has been performed in city halls, theaters, and industrial offices spaces and has been supported and commissioned by Berkeley Rep's Groundfloor, Intersection for the Arts, YBCA, deYoung Museum, Liz Lerman's Dance Exchange/ Corcoran Gallery/DC, and in Korea: Daejeon Metropolitan Company, Chang Mu Company, Mullae Art Space. Erika received support from: Creative Capital, Theater Communications Group, Center for Cultural Innovation, Gerbode Foundation, Falstaff Award, and was a Helen Hayes Award nominee. As a choreographer and performer for theater, Erika works in theaters such as: California Shakespeare Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Folger Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directing credits include Eurydice and God's Ear (Shotgun Theater), Lily's Revenge (Magic Theatre), and Gift of Nothing (associate director) at the Kennedy Center. Erika is core faculty for the new Theater Performance Making MFA at CIIS (SF) and University of Chichester (UK).
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