New Works: Dark Side of the Moon

Charisse Brown
Charisse Brown

Dark Side of the Moon by Charisse Brown was birthed from her master’s thesis project for New York University. Now reimagined, Ms. Brown is working with Studio Theater in Exile to develop a one woman show that examines the effects of generational trauma connected to colorism and the keeping of secrets within the black family.

“If you’re yellow you’re mellow, if you’re white you’re right, and if you’re black get back” was the mantra Lena heard from her mother. And that was her - Lena, the “dark” child, is rejected by her mother and shunted from auntie to auntie, while her lighter skinned siblings’ are nurtured at home. Black in the Box was influenced by hushed stories told by Ms. Brown’s “aunties” and collected by an eavesdropping child.

Charisse Brown is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.She has appeared on network television, as well as on the regional and Off-Broadway stage.  She has also performed for the American Repertory Theater in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she lived for several years. Charisse is a psychotherapist and a licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT), as well as a registered drama therapist (RDT). 

Studio Theater In Exile
Our mission is to work with playwrights from inception to production to bring their voices to the fore. We also work with visual artists, storytellers, musicians, poets and writers to integrate theater/performance with other genres. Our goal is to create dialogue - with audiences, between creators, and bring forth the lesser known artists in our community.