The play is a meditation on compromise, about the portrayal of black actors in the early days of the motion picture industry, arguably "Hollywood's" darkest stain. The two scene structure centers on a morning's rehearsal of a forgettable scene of a forgettable movie, circa 1936.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: "Brian Richard Mori’s one-act play is akin to short fiction, packing a lot into a small slice of life.... [The play] smartly and accurately targets the racism in early Hollywood films.”
DRAMA-LOGUE: "SLOW FADE TO BLACK takes a hard look at the successful ‘colored’ actors in the film industry of 1936.... Mori’s script is meticulously clever in setting us up -- allowing us to put down our collective political correctness to laugh spontaneously -- only to smack reality in our faces.”
Production: University of Illinois - Louisville, KY
Production: Studio Theatre, Inc. - New York, NY
Production: Bitter Truth Theatre - North Hollywood, CA
Production: Neighborhood Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
Adapted for the screen