BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a Black female in urban American culture. In a society where Black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to interrogate these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum of Black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world. With original music compositions (live music by pianist, Scott Patterson and electric bassist, Tracy Wormworth), Camille A. Brown uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular including social dancing, double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, and gesture as the Black woman’s domain to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery. World Premiere performances of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play begin on September 22, 2015 at the Joyce Theater.