Created Equal Film & Arts Series

"The Bitter Game" with Keith Wallace

Tempe Center for the Arts' Disrupt FEST brings The Bitter Game to Arizona for a limited engagement! 

The Bitter Game blends verse, prose and 's--t-talkin,' into a stirring commentary that begs the question, what does it mean to survive while Black in America? Keith A. Wallace's solo work, ripe with pain, poetry and laughter, examines the relationship between a young man and his mother as each struggles to protect one another from that which seems inevitable. Ride along with "JAMEL" through the neighborhood of his youth on a night he won’t soon forget.

There are two performances of The Bitter Game during Disrupt Fest on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Wallace will also lead a FREE, public workshop focused on creating art for social change. Don't miss this great opportunity to hear and learn from this outstanding artist.

About Keith A. Wallace:

Keith A. Wallace, an MFA graduate from UC San Diego, is a playwright, actor, filmmaker, and self-proclaimed 'actorvist' who has written, performed and directed for both stage and film. As a Philadelphia, PA native he has an equal passion for artistic expression, community engagement and advocacy.  His La Jolla Playhouse commissioned solo play, The Bitter Game, had a workshop premiere in the International WOW Festival in October 2015 and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Sundance Theater Lab and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Wallace holds a bachelor of arts in drama from Morehouse College.

*Please note: Trailer below contains adult language.

Immerse yourself in provocative and mesmerizing live performances as Disrupt FEST takes over Tempe Center for the Arts. The festival includes to opportunities to see The Bitter Game featuring co-creator and actor Keith A. Wallace.  

Learn more about Disrupt FEST and The Bitter Game at

The Bitter Game

Friday, April 13, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 4 p.m.


Individual show tickets are $18 through the Tempe Center for the Arts.



Join us for a workshop led by Keith Wallace, co-creator of The Bitter Game!

This public workshop will explore how to create art to impact social change as Wallace did with The Bitter Game which examines trauma, police brutality, and what it means to be a black man in America. You do not have to be an artist, only be willing to roll up their sleeves and work with others to create something new.

Free | Open to the Public | Space is limited, register today!


Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281


Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is located on Rio Salado Parkway, on the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake, and is easily accessible from the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. For driving directions, click on the map button below and then select "Directions," or contact our office.


Parking is free and plentiful at TCA.

Public Transportation:

Tempe Center for the Arts is accessible by bus and is less than a mile walk from the Mill Avenue/Third Street Metro Light Rail stop. For more information and schedules, visit

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe