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Mary D. Fisher Theatre presents ‘Passing’ screenings Nov. 12-18


Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, “Passing” tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. (SIFF/Courtesy)

Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, “Passing” tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. (SIFF/Courtesy)


Originally Published: November 9, 2021 3:49 p.m.

The Mary D. Fisher Theatre presents the acclaimed new drama “Passing” showing Nov. 12-18, according to a news release.

“Passing” stars Tessa Thompson, Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga, André Holland and Alexander Skarsgård, and is written and directed by Rebecca Hall.

Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, “Passing” tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award-nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York.

After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well.

As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and “Passing” becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.

“Passing” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Nov. 12-18. Show times will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, Nov. 12, 13 and 15; and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 14, 16 and 18.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. State Route 89A, in west Sedona.

For more information, visit SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Information provided by the Sedona International Film