Richard Patterson is not happy. The family of black actors that has moved in next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. And they are not just invading his neighbourhood – they're infiltrating his family, his sanity, and his entirely post-racial lifestyle.
Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a wildly theatrical, explosive play on race. It is an unconventional comedy which uses minstrelsy both to explore the history of black theatre and to confront tensions in 'post-racial' America. It was first presented in the UK as a reading at the High Tide Festival in Halesworth, Suffolk, in 2012, before returning to the festival in a full production the following year.