Clive is a struggling comic book artist whose series, Scapegoat, once celebrated as a cunning metaphor for the African American experience, is now running thin. .
When Clive's protégé, an unarmed African American teenager, is shot by police, Clive finds a renewed purpose for Scapegoat. But as sales soar, violence erupts, and Clive begins to question the role of art in the pursuit of justice. The play blends the real and comic book worlds as Clive struggles to separate the real from the imagined.
Bill Bivins conceived and wrote Scapegoat during a time when he was angry, sad, and confounded over a spate of killings of black men at the hands of the police. The enormity of the injustice represented by the episodes-which at one point seemed to occur daily-caused him to think about whether or how art can address the topic of race in America.
The Scapegoat staged reading is being presented in association with PlayGround where it was commissioned and originally developed (James A. Kleinmann, Artistic Director). (Note: Illustration by Ted Naifeh.)
Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM
FREE Admission. Open to the Public.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Public LIbrary
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94132