Memoirs of a Mulatto


Juliette Fairley plays her mother as a little girl in Nazi occupied Paris, France in Mulatto Saga directed by filmmaker Charles Burnett.

This a gem of a one-woman show, about Juliette, who’s learned the hard way how to find her place in the world, and in turn find love, strength, and most of all, herself. Many playwrights and writers before her have dealt with the daunting experience of being black in America – James Baldwin (Notes of a Native Son); James McBride (Color of Water); and Ossie Davis (I’m Not Rappaport). Now, Juliette Fairley has “come a long way, baby,” and shares her trials and triumphs as a bi-racial (or cafe au lait, as she so delicately self describes) child of a white French mother and African American GI father.

Covering sensitive times in history, from France under Nazi regime, to Southern Jim Crow laws, the play allows the viewer a vivid look at this woman’s perseverance amidst racial oppression through the centuries. Juliette Fairley is a born actress – with her repertoire of accents and physicalities, she is a natural at pretending to be other people in her life, and seems to be loving the process.

Director Charles Burnett states, “In a one-woman show, a challenge for the actress is to use body language and facial expressions to convey all the nuances of each character’s emotions.” Through a variety of props and accessories, Fairley is able to diversify and connect with her audience, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Mulatto is what makes LA small theatre so special – maverick, risk-taking themes and messages.

At the Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. Call 800-838-3006 for reservations.

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