By Chinaka Hodge
“The play examines our justice systems, our class systems and racial systems using this emblematic case study to reframe the treatment of people of color and younger generations not as targets, but as victims of these many broken systems.” – Intersections for the Arts
Chasing Mehserle is a performance piece that maps the city of Oakland’s changing demographics, morphing culture, gentrification and the communal response to the real-life tragedy of Oscar Grant.
A sequel to Hodge’s first play, Mirrors in Every Corner, Chasing Mesherle examines race, class, gender and privilege through the lens of fictional character, Watts, who has been agoraphobic since seeing the Rodney King beatings as a child. He makes a New Year’s resolution to finally leave the house on January 1, 2009, the same day Oscar Grant is murdered by transit officer Johannes Mehserle.
Chasing Mehserle was originally commissioned by Black Women’s Playwrights Group and co-presented by Intersection for the Arts, Hip Hop Theater Fest, The Living Word Project and MIT’s Media Lab.
This work was supported by our CRITICAL BREAKS Residency.