Dorian Belle is a big deal. He’s a Canadian pop sweetheart, and he’s ready to be taken seriously. So his people hire his favorite hip-hop artists—Black and Alexand, the ‘bad boy’ rappers of Petty Young Goons—to help him toughen up his image. They’re black, he’s white. They’re from Chicago, he’s from Canada. It’s all on reality TV. What could go wrong? Inspired by Shaw’s Pygmalion, this world premiere is a blistering and entertaining look at cultural and racial appropriation in a fictionalized exchange of ideologies, vernacular, and alleged street cred.
[Chisholm’s writing] is bold, brave and very, very funny.
Chisholm’s writing is astute about current battles around race, identity and the thunderous burden of history.
George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and the world of reality television both turn on the power of transformation and narrative ownership—and they serve as the thematic bedrock of the world premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, a blazingly theatrical look at capitalism and cultural appropriation.Read More
As part of his mis-edumacation, Black and Alexand school Dorian in the rich history of hip-hop, coast-to-coast and worldwide. Listen to some of the many songs, artists and genres mentioned in the play.Read More