Controversial Play

A play in Staunton is delving into the controversial subject of race in America.

Ampersand Arts kicked off the first night of its presentation of Neil Labute's "This is How It Goes."

The play exposes race relations between a black man and a white man and how they feel about each other's place in society.

Director John Harrison says the play is important and thought-provoking for Staunton residents without being judgmental.

He says, "It just displays a point of view and lets the audience make the decision. It gives the audience the opportunity to say, 'Well, do I feel like that? Do I feel like this guy? Because it's kind of scary. If I do feel that way, maybe tomorrow I'll try to change.'"

Future discussions will include members of the NAACP and author Jonathan Coleman.

Viewer discretion is advised as the play does contain adult language and some violence.


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