What makes your big head so hard? Okay, that’s Caledonia. I was close.

Nonetheless, there is a play named “Saffronia” currently showing in East Liberty. I saw it last weekend, and there will be four more performances this weekend. It’s not funny at all. In fact it explores a rather sad chapter of our nation’s history. Having said that, it’s highly amusing to me. Let me explain.

A few weeks ago I received a call from an associate in the film industry. He wanted to know if I knew of any female twenty-somethings who could sing and who had a complexion lighter than his own. He was involved with the production of a “stageplay” and he needed someone who fit his description as a last minute replacement actress.

I gave him some names. Now a friend of mine is in this play called “Saffronia.” It’s named after the title character and explores the sexual exploitation of female slaves by their masters in 19th century America.

What I didn’t know at the time I got the casting phone call was that the friends whom I recommended were supposed to be mulatto. Whoops. My friend is clearly white, but she definitely sings quite well. As it turns out, singing isn’t a major part of the play. Fortunately I have a talented friend and, hey, as far as I know she really is in her twenties. She’s doing splendidly despite the scenario I’ve described.

Anyway, “Saffronia” really is thought provoking. Plus, my friend is the most convincing white person playing a mulatto I’ve ever seen in a stageplay. Honest.

Go see it and see for yourself.