Convocation Examines Race and the Language of Hate

OGDEN, Utah – The cast and creators of a provocative play that directly tackles the language of hate and racism will speak at Weber State University on Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the foyer area outside the Shepherd Union Ballrooms.

Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin and Allan Axibal are the cast and co-writers of “N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK”—Three Hateful Words: A Dialogue on Language and Respect (N*W*C), which will be performed Nov. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden).

As part of the convocation, the three young men will share their personal experiences with discrimination, both while growing up with different ethnic backgrounds in southern California and while studying acting at UCLA. They’ll explain how those experiences and influences gave rise to the N*W*C production.

In press materials about the show, the creators state: “The show traces the origins and evolution of three derogatory terms that shaped our lives and took the place of a genuine understanding of our distinct cultures. In doing this show we hope to de-power these words for ourselves and for our audiences.”

Gregley, Agustin and Axibal also will address the kind of response the show has generated and the conversations it has sparked.

Those planning to attend the convocation should be advised that the conversation may include candid dialogue and language that could be offensive to some audiences. The show’s creators have explained that they share derogatory terms or epithets they’ve experienced as a way to tackle the language of hatred directly and to promote greater understanding.

The on-campus presentation, part of the convocations lecture series at WSU, is free to the public. Tickets for the evening performances are $5 for WSU students, $8 for the general public and may be purchased at the Shepherd Union Information Booth or online at under the Wildcard Marketplace section.

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