Talk is an Obie Award-winning play written by Carl Hancock Rux, commissioned and premiered by The Foundry Theatre (Melanie Joseph, Artistic Producer) at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in 2002. The play was directed by Marion McClinton; set by James Noone; costumes by Toni-Leslie James; lighting by James L. Vermeulen; video, Marilys Ernst; sound by Tim Schellenbaum; dramaturgy and music supervisor, Jocelyn Clarke; production stage manager, Scott Pegg; production manager, Jody Kuh; assistant stage manager, Neelam Vaswani.
Synopsis and themes
The play explores themes of mixed race as both an aesthetic challenge and a social concern, gesturing toward a poetics of social justice for the “mulatto millennium” as well as art as both social memory and cultural production. Influenced by Euripides' play The Bacchae, the entire play is held in the ruins of a museum of Greek antiquities,