AM I WHITE
60 mins
2M, 3F


When Neo-Nazi terrorist Wesley Connor returns to prison after a failed bomb plot, he is confronted with the two identities that threaten his position within the White Order of Thule most: fatherhood and his mixed race heritage.

Inspired by the true story of Leo Felton and Erica Chase, 
Am I White travels between linear narrative, recurring dreams, and minstrel show nightmare to discover if a singular self exists in post-modern, “post-racial” America. 

PRODUCTION HISTORY:

  • 2014 - Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX) WORLD PREMIERE

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:

  • 2013 - Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), workshop
  • 2013 - English Theatre Berlin (Berlin, Germany), reading
  • 2012 - Blackboard Reading Series (NYC), reading
  • 2009 - Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), reading

AWARDS/HONORS:

  • Winner, 2015 Outstanding Original Script, B. Iden Payne Awards
  • Winner, 2015 David Mark Cohen New Play Award, Austin Critic's Table Awards
  • Honorable Mention, 2015 The List, The Kilroys
  • Finalist, 2012 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 
  • Finalist, 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival
  • Semifinalist, 2013 nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival
  • Semifinalist, 2013 Risk is THIS Festival, Cutting Ball Theatre 
  • Semifinalist, 2012 Princess Grace Award
  • 2009 ScriptWorks Seed Support Grant

PRESS:

"In local playwright Adrienne Dawes’ intense new work, everything is mixed up: the present with the past, reality with the dream world, reason with feeling and, as the play’s title suggests, the very racial identities of the characters." -  Austin American Statesman

One man's twisted sense of racial identity unravels in Adrienne Dawes' brisk and tense new drama” –  Austin Chronicle

"Ricocheting back and forth in time, seguing into nightmarish scenes played out as a disturbing minstrel show  “Am I White” tells the story of an imprisoned neo-Nazi convicted of plotting terrorist acts who must confront his own mixed-race heritage." -  Austin American Statesman

"Here was a man so deeply invested in the ideology of white supremacy that he was unable to reconcile it with the fact that his father was black. He had to think of himself as white and so was boxed in by a way of thinking that didn't allow for changes in either societal evolution or perceptions of himself." - Austin Chronicle