Incognito
Michael Fosberg Michael Fosberg Michael Fosberg
 
 

Imagine 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 and society?

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 black.

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 the show.

Sincerely,

Michael Sidney Fosberg