‘Flame Broiled, or the ugly play’ Tackles Race And Bias With Satire, Energy

November 7, 2019
"Flame Broiled" Playwrite Rodney Hicks"Flame Broiled" Playwrite Rodney HicksHart Van Denburg/CPR News
"Flame Broiled" playwright Rodney Hicks in the Colorado Matters studio.

One day while driving, Denver playwright Rodney Hicks saw a white woman and a black man walking across the street. As the man passed her (wearing an Armani suit, he adds) the woman clutched her purse closer. Afterwards, Hicks thought: "that's a play."

Hicks' first fully-staged work, "Flame Broiled, or the ugly play" is a fast-paced, satirical take on race and bias in America. It runs at the Local Theater Company in Boulder through November 17.