Why you should watch ‘Black Flag’ — read what critics have said

“Aptly named, “Black Flag” has to do with America’s Original Sin of slavery and the terrible schism that this has created over the decades through the present-day ..The story alludes to today’s deep cultural clashes and the struggle for ideology.”
Julia W. Rath
July, 2021


The 2nd Act Players decided to stream Idris Goodwin’s Black Flag this July after seeing it performed online in 2020. We were deeply impressed by the message and the writing — and we were not alone. The 20-minute play was written in 2016 and has been performed by several theaters. Here’s what other critics had to say (and reasons for you to watch):

“An unsettling discourse on the prolonged tension that ensues when Georgia native Evelyn moves into her freshman year dorm in New York City and decides to decorate her side of the room with a big old Confederate flag…Playwright Idris Goodwin does a good job of unstitching several complicated rhetorical threads in a short amount of time.”

Black Flag is a biting new play about allegiance, censorship, and the price of honoring the past.”

Chicago’s American Blues Theater recognized Goodwin’s talent in 2017, naming him a winner of its National Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Another Goodwin play, HYPE MAN, was selected from among 543 submissions to help him capture that award.

The 2nd Act Players will be streaming Black Flag July 1, 14, and July 15 at 7 p.m. central time. Watching the performance is free. Donations, 80% of which will go to a non-profit Goodwin has selected, are encouraged. To secure your viewing spot and to make a donation, just click here…

Leave a Reply