The Bitter Game

A one-man show.

Being Black in America...

Basketball. Cops. Coping with trauma. 




"The are instructions to commit to memory, essential tools in a young man's defense system: Keep your head up. Keep your eyes forward. Keep your ego down."   

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LA TImes

I slowed down not out of concern for being stopped by the police but to prevent myself from crashing into some Hollywood mogul’s guesthouse. Wallace’s show, which was presented at the Skirball for two performances this weekend, helped me to understand my casual relationship to law enforcement as a luxury of being white. Driving while black, as the news keeps painfully reminding us, is a much more fraught experience.

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San Diego Tribune

"Inspired by his own experiences as a young black boy growing up in South Philadelphia and his observations on life for a black man in America today, the searing, well-honed one-man show is a fast-paced five-act drama that is sure to have a future life in other cities.


A short video from my appereance on NBC 4 Midday in Washington DC

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"As I thought about my community, the basketball court kind of encapsulated that entire experience of growing up in north Philly for me," Wallace said. "With the revelry and celebration, but also the devastation and despair."

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The Village Voice

"Calling The Bitter Game a solo performance is a bit of a misnomer. Throughout this compelling play, “actorvist” Keith A. Wallace is in direct conversation with theatergoers — improvisational shit-talking, he calls it — to inspire radical empathy about how police violence traumatizes African Americans in communities across the country.