Episode 32: Racism, Sexuality and Daybreak’s Children

Hosts Benjamin Rexroad and TJ Jozsa interview Akron-native and playwright John Dayo-Aliya at the Balch Street Community Center during rehearsal of his show, Daybreak’s Children.

“My struggle in life has not necessarily been being gay or black…it’s been more so being both.”

  • Daybreak’s Children deals with racism, sexuality and crack addiction
  • John got the idea for Daybreak’s Children during his student his research on crack addiction it’s effect on sexuality
  • The parallel between John and his characters
  • John shows the audience his questions
  • White privilege
  • John proves Benjamin wrong about Big Mama Thornton
  • America is authentically African AND authentically European
  • “When God was making black people, he was listening to music…”
  • The Black Church
  • How Benjamin and TJ got inducted into a church choir
  • TJ didn’t get into an Ivy League school, but could he become a Wall Street banker?
  • Racism within the black community
  • How do you define yourself?
  • Daybreak’s Children runs Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm with a special 3 pm matinee on Saturday.  Tickets are $12 or “pay-what-you-can.”  Visit the Facebook event for more information.
  • Join us for a special after party at The Tangier after the closing night performance.  Meet the cast and crew, $2 off your appetizer (with coupon in playbill), free music!  (No reservations needed!)  Visit the Facebook event for more information.
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