How does our belief in race affect our most intimate relationships?
One Drop of Love is a multimedia solo performance produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and the show’s writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. The show explores family, racism, history, love and a path towards reconciliation.
WHEN: Saturday, November 1 at 3:00PM & 7:30PM
WHERE: Mesa Arts Center - Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse
WHEN: Saturday, November 8 at 7:30PM
WHERE: Straz Center - Jaeb Theater
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, Florida, 33602
for more show dates, click on our ‘APPEARANCES‘ link above
What Audiences Are Saying:
Fanshen Cox’s “One Drop of Love” interweaves the intimacy of personal experience with the larger social and political changes redefining race, gender and the kinship in America. As important as the performance itself is Fanshen’s sincere interest in, and ability to, connect with her audiences, to link her extremely personal story to other people’s experiences, to be open to their voices even as she is telling her own story. Fanshen offers an insightful, smart, informed, clear-eyed investigation into the complexity of being “mixed” that makes her private journey of keen interest to anyone who crosses cultural or racial boundaries.
- Michele Elam, professor of English, Stanford University
Fanshen’s story is quite incredible, but it is her retelling of it that captures an audience. I have rarely seen a group of teenagers so rapt with attention to hear the next word. Her ability to use the personal to build a story about race, family and bridging painful rifts among loved ones and strangers was so potent for these young men and women who grapple with these issues daily. She is the kind of performer who will inspire people to embrace what makes them different and see it as a strength.
- Randall Arney, Artistic Director, Geffen Playhouse
Wow. “One Drop of Love” is fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your story and opening up so much thoughtful reflection and discussion about mixed heritage and race — my mind is still buzzing and the audience was so energized.
- Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History, Brooklyn Historical Society
“One Drop of Love” is beautiful and brave. Cox DiGiovanni’s honesty, insight, dedication, and love are an inspiration. She takes us into the intimate places where family, race, love, and pain intertwine. In this sometimes searing, sometimes funny, and always smart play she shows us both the terrible things we do to those we love and a way forward to a better future.
- Paul Spickard, professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara
The performance was hands-down the best Choate performance I have ever seen. I’ve seen a lot of white struggle stories, and a lot of black struggle stories, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mixed struggle story.
- Zemia Edmondson, student at Choate Rosemary Hall
“One Drop of Love” is an hour of pure magic. Cox DiGiovanni is able to shift through time and space and different characters to explain the racial paradigm in America, and the relationship between her and her father in ways that anyone can understand. I highly recommend this show.
- Steven F. Riley, Owner/Curator www.MixedRaceStudies.org
Wow. Hollywood spends millions on movies and they couldn’t bring me from folded over laughter to tears as easily as Fanshen did. She’s engaging with the audience and honest. One Drop conquers racial issues with honesty and an open heart. Anyone who has ever felt out of place…or had a really crazy (but loving) family will really enjoy this.
- Angela Nissel, co-producer Scrubs; author: Broke Diaries, Mixed; writer on The Boondocks
In “One Drop of Love,” Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni offers a thought-provoking, informative, and moving exploration of race, racism, and what it means to identify as “culturally mixed.” Her authenticity and humor, as she recounts her complex relationships with her parents and the evolution of her thinking, are deeply engaging. This piece not only educates and prompts discussion about important issues, but also inspires audience members to examine and honor their own struggles with identity.
- Jennifer Zakkai, Education Projects Leader, Geffen Playhouse
One Drop of Love is funny, entertaining and moving.
- Kim Wayans, Actress: Pariah, In Living Color; Writer/Performer: A Handsome Woman Retreats
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