Introducing BKBXKids! Asks Why
In June 2020, BKBX created a series of episodes for kiddos on BLM and protest. The dramaturgy from that piece led our writers room to watch Sesame Street’s Town Hall on Racial Justice, where a 9-year-old named Sean asked, “If Black people contributed so much to the development of this country and the world, why are Black people treated so badly?” One year later, BKBXKids! is responding to Sean, inspired by his frankness, desiring to engage in conversation.
BKBXKids! Asks Why lends Sean’s words to our company member Regan, who uses her own experience to guide us. The sticky question transforms into a wide space for exploration using embodied poetry, American Sign Language, hands-as-puppets, and a dance party to process feelings. The series lays the groundwork for conversations that can continue between kids and their loved ones everywhere, creating an accessible entry point that centers imaginative play, full body engagement, and joyful curiosity. All ages are welcome; the piece aims at 4th grade as a center-point but can be accessed by everyone. (The separation between kids and adult work is a rather artificial invention, wouldn’t you say?)
Though Asks Why is soon-to-be-re-envisioned-for-
On June 20, 2021, we performed this piece in front of a live from a theater for a Zoom audience. The viewer’s energy and imagination fed the artists in the room, and helped our central character, Regan, explore her question. Thank YOU 🙂 We think this made for the perfect Juneteenth weekend activity! Accessibility: the show was presented with ASL interpretation and Closed Captions were be provided by Zoom.