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Laurie Carlos

Baca Downtown

White Chocolate travels the vicissitudes of memory, through stories handed down for generations and old songs that bring back a childhood. Writer/director Laurie Carlos structures the piece like a song, with recurring refrains instead of a story line. The subtext that emerges is one of racism imprinted on personal mythology. The title may refer to the way some white people appropriate what’s black or to the way some blacks try passing for white. Carlos always writes ambiguity, mutability, possibility into her work, as if mere facts just can’t evoke the ghosts.

Carlos plays the central character “Lore,” and around her move a cast of female family members. All of them, including the last slave before freedom, and the last African before the passage, recreate the ambiences they lived in. In Lore’s case, that means the Lower East Side where she plays with her sisters, Tony and Tiny. “Clap hands

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