Date: Saturday, Feb 4th, 2023

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Stuart’s Opera House

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Stuart’s Opera House is proud to present the Ohio premiere of award-winning poet/playwright, Claudia Rankine’s The White Card on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 pm.

Rankine’s first published play poses the essential question: Can American society progress if whiteness remains invisible?

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Composed of two scenes, the play opens with a dinner party thrown by Virginia and Charles, an influential Manhattan couple, for the up-and-coming artist Charlotte. Their conversation about art and representations of race spirals toward the devastation of Virginia and Charles’s intentions. One year later, the second scene brings Charlotte and Charles into the artist’s studio, and their confrontation raises both the stakes and the questions of what—and who—is actually on display.

Rankine’s The White Card is a moving and revelatory distillation of racial divisions as experienced in the white spaces of the living room, the art gallery, the theater, and the imagination itself.

“The White Card stages a conversation that is both informed and derailed by the black/white American drama. The scenes in this one-act play, for all the characters’ disagreements, stalemates, and seeming impasses, explore what happens if one is willing to stay in the room when it is painful to bear the pressure to listen and the obligation to respond.”

-Claudia Rankine



The White Card is produced by Stuart’s Opera House. It is performed with permission of the author.


Directed by: Devin Sudman

Stage Managed by: Natalie Burkett


Ally Poole – Charlotte Cummings

Dayton Willison – Eric Schmidt

Shelly Riggs – Virginia Compton Spencer

Joe Balding – Charles Hamilton Spencer

Brittan Posey – Alex Compton-Spencer

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