Echo Brown: "Black Virgins are Not for Hipsters"

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Echo Brown: "Black Virgins are Not for Hipsters"

Dartmouth Alumna Echo Brown returns to Hanover to perform her critically-acclaimed one woman show.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Common Ground, Collis Center
Intended Audience(s): Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students-Graduate, Students-Undergraduate
Categories: Arts, Performances

Alice Walker of The Color Purple on Echo Brown: "Not since early Whoopi Goldberg and early and late Anna Deavere Smith have I bee so moved by a performer’s narrative. This one woman show proves once again that there is apparently a black woman gene that refuses to let her stay down, give up, or admit defeat, in any area in which she passionately lives her life. The beauty of [Echo Brown] standing alone on an empty stage, fills my heart with gratitude for the long and grueling inner journey that has brought us so far."

"...the conversation we say we want to have about race, instead of the conversation about having it." - SF Chronicle


Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters is one of the highest grossing San Francisco theater productions of the past 5 years, generating over $200,000 in revenue during its 2 year run. The show was named one of the top ten best shows of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and KQED. The show offers an incisive and side-splitting ride through the maze of race and romance in "colorblind" America, giving the audience an unfettered look at what it means to be a black woman attempting to find love in 21st century America.

As the show opens, 23 year-old Echo is about to lose her virginity to a good-looking white hipster that she met on Craigslist. During the quickly dwindling hour before the fateful meeting, Echo bounces between desire and anxiety and reflects on the sociopolitical implications of her predicament. Will this white hipster find Echo's dark skin and African features attractive? Can Echo transcend her own negative inner dialogue about her beauty and self-worth? How will cultural differences between Echo and the white hipster impact their encounter?

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