Platanos & Collard Greens is an Off Broadway hit play that came to Stewart Theatre here on campus. The Union Activities Board Diversity Committee hosted this dynamic event on Tuesday, Feb. 3 and there was a considerable amount of students, staff and faculty, and general public attendees. This romantic comedic play told the story of Freeman, an African-American man, and Angelita, a Latino woman. During this play, both Freeman and Angelita were forced to confront and overcome cultural and racial prejudices. Many of the stereotypical views that individuals have about Latinos and African-Americans were addressed in this play. In defending their bond for family and friendships, Freeman and Angelita both had to go against all the adversity that was thrown their way. Platanos & Collard Greens is a play that should, without a doubt, remind everyone of their own family, their true love, and their life as a whole.  Not only did Platanos & Collard Greens entertain the audience in Stewart Theatre it provided many moments that were fill with laughter. Many parts of this play are intended to inspire individuals as well as to make them evaluate their own personal lives and think, let alone entertain.

Platanos & Collard Greens is a “thought-provoking romantic comedy that tactfully addresses stereotypes, prejudices and urban myths that exist between African-Americans and Latinos, within the context of Hip-Hop, humor, and satire.” ┬áPlatanos & Collard Greens forces its audience stereotypes that exist all the while challenging them throughout the play. The actors or performers in the play humorously display these ordinary, yet shameful, viewpoints while rebutting them in a poetic manner which exposes them as misrepresented facts of reality. Although the audience laughed loudly, is likely that they were questioning the attitudes held about themselves and other individuals that they may know.

The Platanos & Collard Greens play has travel from west coast to east coast premiering at over 100 colleges and universities, with that number now including N.C. State. This play has traveled to more than 10 major cities and 17 states around the country to perform. On a much larger scale, Platanos & Collard Greens has captivated audiences of over 40,000 on Off Broadway in New York City.

Upon leaving, many people were reciting lines that they heard throughout the play. The Unions Activities Board generally hosts several events, many in which are cultural surrounded, that will be held throughout the remainder of the semester. You can visit their website to see a calendar with a listing of upcoming events.For more information you can visit: http://www.platanosandcollardgreens.com/