Both And…A Play About Laughing While Black



On the eve of her mother’s death, a woman takes a journey to the underworld, where she discovers the healing power of joy.

Both And… A Play About Laughing While Black is a brand new one-woman play, written and performed by Carolyn Ratteray. Through clowning and a tour-de-force performance, Ratteray weaves stories in which she meets her ancestors, remembers how to laugh, and learns some important things about what’s inside her mother’s purse.

This piece is a work-in-progress. Boston Court is delighted to share this virtual workshop with our audience. We hope you’ll join us on the exciting journey of developing art!


Both And… is available to view on demand for free now through June 9th on Boston Court’s UScreen storefront. If you have any questions about how to watch, please contact the Help Desk at

Join us for a virtual Q&A with Carolyn on Thursday, June 3 at 7PM. Register here!


Carolyn Ratteray is so happy to be back in collaboration with Boston Court! She is an Emmy-nominated actor, director and writer based in the Los Angeles Area. She has appeared off-Broadway and in regional theatres such as The Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within, Antaeus, Boston Court, and Mark Taper Forum. In addition to performing, Carolyn has written and directed projects for Ammo Theatre Company and other theatres and colleges throughout the area. She has voiced video game characters and recently recorded her first animated series. A few TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Riley Parra, Seasons of Love, and The Young and the Restless. She has studied theatrical clown with Philip Gaulier, Chris Bayes, David Bridel, and Angela De Castro. Carolyn is a resident artist at A Noise Within Theatre, a member of Antaeus Theatre and Ammo Theatre Company, and teaches acting at Pomona College.


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