Whitney White’s ‘Definition,’ A Surreal Look At African American Women


( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Definition, A Musical on the African American Woman’s Inner Awakenings

ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson

The Bushwick Starr presents Whitney White’s ‘Definition: An Installation Experience.’ The upcoming musical, Definition, which takes a surrealist look at an African American woman’s inner awakenings, inspired this socially distant installation experience. Created by director and musician Whitney White (director of Alexis Scheer’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord at WP Theater and Second Stage, director of Aleshea Harris’ What To Send Up When It Goes Down at ART, Woolly Mammoth, and The Public Theater), this multi-media event will take the audience through a guided journey with pre-recorded text and music. ‘Definition’ is presented in partnership with The Bushwick Starr. It will feature works from US-based artists within the mediums of video, design, photography, painting, drawing, and other visual forms, speaking to the themes of Black women’s mental, physical, and sexual health.

‘Definition’ was previously workshopped with Ars Nova and Sundance Theatre Institute. It also received a reading as part of The Bushwick Starr Reading Series. ‘Definition’ is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Beginning July 15th, DEFINITION will be open to the public at the Mercury Store (131 8th Street, Brooklyn) Thursdays-Sundays (specific times TBA) through August 1st.


The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award-winning non-profit theater that presents an annual Season of new performance work. We are an organization defined by both our artists and our community. Since 2007, we have grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging performances. We provide a springboard for emerging professional artists to make career-defining leaps, and we are a sanctuary where established performance companies come to experiment and innovate. We are also a neighborhood playhouse, serving our Bushwick, Brooklyn community’s diverse artistic needs and impulses. Our past Seasons have included new work from groundbreaking artists such as Jeremy O. Harris, Heather Christian, Diana Oh, The Mad Ones, Clare Barron, Phillip Howze, Dave Malloy, Daniel Fish, Haruna Lee, and the TEAM.

“There are only a handful of venues dedicated to showcasing actually risky, vividly in-flux work on a regular basis… the immensely valuable Bushwick Starr is one of them.” – Vulture.

For more information, ticket sales, and dates for Definition: An Installation Experience, click HERE.

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