"Kernel of Sanity" - presented by NIU School of Theatre and Dance

by Kermit Frazier

On his way out to Los Angeles, Roger, a young black actor, stops in a Midwest town to visit Frank, an older white actor that once starred in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest where Roger played a bit part. What transpires during this unlikely meeting is a mystery dealing with identity, sanity, and white privilege. Frazier’s play about marginalization was itself marginalized. The 1978 play languished without a professional production for years, only recently claiming its rightful place in the twentieth-century American canon. Its prescience against the backdrop of our ongoing racial reckoning is startling. The production is directed by SOTD alum Alys Dickerson and features a cast of third-year MFA actors.


Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Stevens Building, Sally Stevens Players Theatre

Event Type

Concerts, Exhibits and Performances


Arts and Culture

Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students




$7 for adults and seniors, NIU students free with pre-reserved ticket

College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Theatre and Dance
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