“I’mma Do Me,” featuring April Dae Rochon, is a 15-character one-woman play that examines the heartache and humor of poverty in America.

This comedic drama follows one girl on her road to rise from poverty, as she faces her “self-preservation” mentality along the way. Characters ranging in age, gender and ethnicities come to life to share their stories and examine who is responsible in addressing America’s social crisis. “I’mma Do Me” explores issues of race, poverty, class, social responsibility and diversity in the classroom.

April Dae Rochon

The play, presented by the Association of Black Faculty Administrators and Staff, will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Arthur Miller Theatre in the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Drama Center.

The empowering stories and experiences that Rochon shares during her interactive performance and workshop will provide the audience with insight into challenges that women of color face on a daily basis while showing the audience how theatrical performances can be used as a form of activism in educating people on societal challenges and inequalities.

The women in her performance are based on people she has met in her journey in life. The characters in her play will challenge, inspire and educate students, staff, faculty and community members on how they can contribute to the dismantling of oppressive systems that marginalize women and people of color.