The Odds are Against U.S. premieres Friday at Argenta Community Theater pic

  • “The Odds are Against U.S.” premieres Friday at Argenta Community Theater.

7:30 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. $20-$30.

Chris James is a native of Little Rock and a member of the Foreign Tongues Poetry Group, a collective that has produced numerous events over the last few years.

James wrote “The Odds are Against U.S.,” a play in verse that will make its debut this weekend. Via email, James said the play “captures the reality of the youth in black America and how they are often affected by urban environments or ghettos.” He was inspired to write the play because he felt it was important for people to understand the struggle of black American youth growing up in such environments.


The play’s nine-strong cast includes several members of Foreign Tongues, Roots of Life Theatre Group and other folks who are involved in the local poetry, theater and spoken word communities, so if you’ve got an interest in checking out some of the next generation of talent from Little Rock’s fertile scene, don’t miss “The Odds are Against U.S.” The play also runs Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here or at Ugly Mike’s Records or Pyramid Art Books & Framing.