The minstrel show was an American form of racist theatrical entertainment developed in the early 19th century. Each show, played by white actors in blackface, consisted of comic skits and music performances that depicted people specifically of African descent. As its popularity began declining, promoters decided putting two actual black men into the show might increase revenue. It was a major success for everyone except the black actors who backstage still suffered living with their racist cast. This short play captures the moment when George and Bert, two actual performers of that period, finally stood up for themselves and for what they were worth.