If You’re Invited to the Cookout

If You’re Invited to the Cookout is a full-length stage play. The story follows Ally Smith, a young African American woman and a recent graduate of Yale who returns home to introduce her family to her fiancé. The fiancé, Ethan Wells is white and from a well-to-do family. His life is the complete opposite of Ally, who’s a native of the south side of Chicago. Ally is embarrassed by her family’s humble beginnings and rambunctious nature. Her family is filled with colorful characters, a cousin who doesn’t approve of interracial dating, a stern, disapproving father who doesn’t think anyone is good enough for his daughter, and a loud, outspoken grandmother who constantly bickers with the neighbor next door. Will Ally and Ethan survive their first cookout, or will their differences prove too much to handle?

Recommended for ages 13+. Performance lasts 90 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission.
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