discovering you are not the person you thought you were. That you have
a family, a history, an ethnicity you never knew. How would this discovery
impact your life, the lives of those around you; your vision of yourself
I have been facing these questions since 1992, when after having spent
32 years growing up in a middle-class white family, I discovered I am
I share these discoveries in "Incognito,"
the solo-show I have performed in theatres, high schools, colleges, and
performing arts centers throughout the country -a production chosen by
The Chicago Tribune as "one of the top theatrical events of the 2001
season." While performing "Incognito" I’ve been amazed
at how my story resonates with a wide range of audiences both young and
old, black and white. Post-show discussions have resulted in lively
and profound conversation on how we each perceive race and identity.
"Incognito" is the story of
my journey to uncover and discover my self, my roots, my family, and the
difficult history behind the tragic American complexity of "race".
The full production runs approximately seventy-five minutes with no intermission.
There is also an abridged one-hour version available for schools
with limited assembly schedules. The production is versatile as
well as compact, and can be performed simply with eight chairs, a small
table, and a few props.
Post-show workshops are available as in-depth discussions, classroom meetings,
or a week’s residency utilizing an extensive study guide and lesson
plans. I have presented school workshops in Chicago and Kansas City in
conjunction with the professional productions, and for independent school
groups and seminars. These workshops have had a tremendous impact on audiences,
particularly those of mixed race heritage. However, "Incognito"
is not only about race. It speaks to all people who struggle with identity,
family, self-awareness and acceptance.
For a clearer illustration of the quality and effect of "Incognito,"
please browse the site.
A promotional DVD
is available upon request.
I look forward to further discussion on how "Incognito"
can help your students/patrons make discoveries about their own journeys
to enhance their lives and your community. Please drop me a line if you
need more information on bookings, or would like to make a comment about
Michael Sidney Fosberg