BBC (Big Black Cockroach)

written and performed by Paul Outlaw

directed by Sara Lyons

lighting design by Chu-hsuan Chang

sound design by Jonathan Snipes

Inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis: a white, cis, heterosexual, Tr*mp-supporting American woman awakens to find herself transformed into what she considers a monstrous vermin—an African-American man. Directed by Sara Lyons, Paul Outlaw’s solo performance BBC (Big Black Cockroach) is an evocative, farcical horror show about black virility, white fragility, gender confusion, internalized homophobia and misogyny. 

…gut-wrenching…Beautifully directed by Sara Lyons and enhanced by the severely stark and aggressive lighting by Chu-hsuan Chang, Outlaw confronts and exposes both white and black stereotypes, fears of “the other” and common racist statements made by people who think of themselves as non-racist or bigoted.” -LA Dance Chronicle

“The use of light set each new scene and the writing was superb…The power of this work is a see-for-yourself kind of experience. Paul Outlaw will challenge you and leave you stunned.” -Broadway World

this challenging work impacted me the most of all the works in the festival this year…The power of BBC’s exploration of xenophobia, black virility, and gender confusion left me speechless and stunned.” -Artillery Mag

Production History

REDCAT New Original Works Festival 2019, Week 2

August 1-3, 2019 - REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA