In Act 1 of this seemingly typical American family play, it’s Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs the party to be perfect. However, the Frasier family is either of no help or non-existent. Then Act 2 brings Beverly’s plights into a whole new, bright white light. And Act 3 is, well – you’re going to have to buy a ticket to find out. Brown University alumna Jackie Sibblies Drury’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “challenges playgoers to think about how the different backgrounds and assumptions they bring to the theater may produce vastly different results once inside” (New York Times). Fairview is an interactive theatrical experience lauded by the New York Times for being dazzling and ruthless…you must see it.
"Excellent performances and technical precision make this production of "Fairview" one that challenges audience members' understanding of what theater is and does, while pointing an unflinching light toward the power and privilege that have long undergirded the stories it chooses to tell."
Beverly Frasier, a Black, suburban, middle-class mom, is preparing a family dinner for her Mama’s birthday party. Beverly wants everything to be perfect and gets stressed, out, although her husband Dayton and sister Jasmine assure her everything will be just fine.
Yet several stresses threaten to ruin the perfect family dinner. Beverly’s teenage daughter Keisha wants to take a gap year between high school and college, but Beverly doesn’t like this idea when Jasmine brings it up. Beverly receives a call from her brother Tyrone, a lawyer, telling her he might not make the dinner because his flight got rerouted. When Jasmine goes to see Mama, Mama doesn’t come downstairs and locks herself in the bathroom. And when Keisha gets a phone call from her “friend” Erika asking to drop something off at the house, Beverly warns her that her grandma doesn’t like Erika or her relationship with Keisha. Beverly grows more and more stressed, and when she realizes the cake in the oven burnt, she passes out.
After this, the play takes a surprising direction that explores the white gaze, racial stereotypes, and life as a Black person in a white supremacist society in a daringly theatrical way. We dare not spoil how this all plays out – see this Pulitzer-Prize winner for yourself!