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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Black Man-o-logues might make you uncomfortable

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Jacquay Waller, producer, writer, actor, director, ordained pastor and former rocket scientist (no, really) takes the countless unmentioned elephants in the proverbial room and parades them around on stage in Black Man-o-logues. The performance covers various aspects of black love from the male perspective. Often, the characters in Black Man-o-logues become targets for criticism. “My job is to tell the stories that aren’t being told,” says Waller. “You really cannot see the difference between my character and anybody in their daily walk, and that’s by design.”

The Man-o-logues cover issues such as sexuality in the church, infidelity, double standards, gender biases concerning domestic abuse, incest and homosexuality, to name a few. They are the topics people are typically wary to discuss: “Nobody really wants to deal with [the] mess because we don’t have answers. And, I think it’s okay not to have answers, but if we talk about it that allows us to reach some type of common ground,” says Waller.

The first installment of the Black Man-o-logues debuted at Atlanta PlayFest in 2006 and received mixed reviews — people either loved it or hated it. A year later, Waller went on to start his own Atlanta-based company DreamCatcher Productions.

While Waller hopes to take Black Man-o-logues 1, 2 and 3 (coming this summer), internationally some day soon, right now, Atlanta’s14th Street Playhouse is still home. Black Man-o-logues 1 plays this weekend: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 19-20 at 4 p.m., and Sat., Feb. 26 at 4 and 8 p.m.

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