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'Incognito': Michael Fosberg to perform one-man play

Michael Fosberg

JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 11, 2013) – “Incognito,” a solo performance written and performed by Michael Fosberg, will be presented at East Tennessee State University on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

“Incognito” is the story of Fosberg’s journey to discover his true self, his roots, his family, and “the difficult history behind the tragic American complexity of ‘race,’” according to his website about the play.

Fosberg was raised in a working-class white family in a Chicago suburb by his Armenian-American mother and adoptive stepfather.  Following their divorce when he was 34 years old, he searched for and found his biological father.

“My father says, ‘There are some things I’m sure your mother never told you,’” Fosberg recalled from his first conversation with John Sidney Woods.  “He told me then that not only has he always loved me and thought about me, but also, that he is black.

“The quest for my father revealed more than I ever imagined,” he continued.  “Not only did I develop a new, more comfortable relationship with my sense of identity but I also uncovered a rich, black heritage.  This life-changing revelation, the connections I made with my ‘new’ paternal family, and the questions that my newfound identity raised in relationship to how we perceive race in America, inspired me to create my one-man play, ‘Incognito,’ in 2001.”

“Fosberg has clearly thought a lot about American life and his piece is full of insights about how we construct our personal identities and how, in an instant, one’s sense of self can be altered forever.  The fact that it is also, at times, hilarious, is just gravy,” wrote reviewer Jack Helbig of “The Daily Herald.”

Fosberg has performed his play at arts venues, educational institutions, corporations and government agencies throughout the nation, and also frequently teaches a series of experiential workshops in conjunction with it.  In 2011, he published his story in a book, “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery.”

Admission is free to this production, which is sponsored by the Erna P. Kaldegg Endowment at ETSU through the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at (423) 439-6633 or . For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services by Nov. 18 at (423) 439-8346.