The most widely performed version, this performance is highly accessible to any venue, requires minimum production and is perfect for student assemblies, training sessions, festivals and conferences. We highly encourage a 15-30 minute post-show discussion with Michael, making the final running time approx. 65-80 minutes with no intermission.

Requirements: Stage space minimum of 12×16′ *, sound system with CD player (or the means to play MP3 files from an Ipod), a sound technician to run 4 sound cues, general lighting, 8 armless chairs, one small 4×4′ desk, a hands-free or “lavalier” microphone (for spaces with more than 150 seats). A backstage area or dressing room is helpful but not required.

Please Note: Gymnasium presentations are discouraged for their bad acoustics, uncomfortable seating, poor lighting and high ceilings (which distract focus from the action on stage). However, there have been exceptions to this rule when schools have made efforts to lessen the above-mentioned obstacles. Venues serving food during performances (dinner-theatres, cafes, student union lounge spaces, bars and restaurants) are not appropriate for this performance and will not be considered.


Usually offered in addition to a performance, Michael teaches excellent workshops on stereotypes, diversity, and acting (see SCHOOLS, WORKSHOPS or DIVERSITY TRAINING). Each workshop is generally 60-minutes in length and is best for groups of approx. 50 people. However, workshops can be tailored to your needs.


Occasionally, Michael speaks to students, employees or groups about his work (the play & his book), race and diversity in America, and/or participates in panel discussions, book signings, and other events without performing his show. This is an excellent option if you are unable to meet the time or production requirements of his performances and/or workshops.


Designed for venues that would like a series of performances over the course of several evenings, this sophisticated version of the play includes a dynamic theatrical set installation including audio and slide projections. This is excellent for theatres and performing arts centers, weeklong conferences and other events that require multiple performances. We highly encourage a 15-30 minute post-show discussion with Michael, making the final running time just over 90-minutes with no intermission.

Requirements: Theatre space with dressing room, A/V equipment, theatrical lighting and sound, technical assistant, load-in/out and rehearsal time, 8 armless chairs, one small 4×4′ desk, a hands-free or “lavalier” microphone (for theatres with more than 150 seats).


Because Michael visits so many different types of venues (theatres, performing arts centers, middle schools, high schools, colleges, corporations, government agencies and not-for-profits), his presentation fees are offered on a sliding scale. We are aware that different venues have different budgets for this type of programming so we are always willing to try and work with you. We offer discounts for multiple performances and workshops, and suggest co-sponsoring with local schools, organizations or local sponsors to reduce costs. Travel expenses are usually billed in addition to the presentation fee. We do our best to book the lowest possible rates for airfare, car rental and hotel. Additionally, a 50% deposit is required to book a performance 90 days prior to the performance, though some exceptions apply.

Please call or email us for more details at 773-856-3399 or