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The Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College in Waterville will open the 2001-02 season with a performance of White Lies by Anne Sibley O’Brien on Friday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Strider Theater of the Runnals Building. Written and performed by O’Brien the solo performance explores patterns of white privilege, white supremacy and racism through one woman’s quest for release from the appeal of whiteness.

O’Brien, who was raised in South Korea, studies racism by asking how it affects white people: How are they coerced into a system that is so damaging to others? If they are to become truly powerful allies in the fight against racism, white people must explore how racism has damaged them also, she maintains. Michael Rafkin, the founding artistic director of Portland’s Mad Horse Theater, directs White Lies. Kate O’Neill is stage manager.

A Peaks Island resident, O’Brien is also an illustrator and author of children’s books. In 1997 she won the National Education Association’s Author-Illustrator Human & Civil Rights Award. She is a member and trainer with the Maine chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute, a diversity leadership training organization.

General admission is $3; students and seniors are $2. For ticket information call the box office at 207-872-3358 between 4-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday of performance weeks. Or call 207-872-3388 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.