List of Plays

The text of a play is the beginning of an experience. It is the "before" of theatre. Here are my skeletons, my scaffolding, my stock. 



Everyday Afroplay


Everyday Afroplay is a living play text, which began as a daily theatrical meditation on blackness or the black body, in its’ ever mutating and varied forms. (There are 70 plays posted online, now, but that will grow.) With the help of directorial collaborators, designers, and performers this meditation lifts out of a two-dimensional state into time and space via the stage. Between the processes of staging from The Bushwick Starr to JACK, I discovered that Everyday Afroplay has a fluid nature that demands that the larger performance of the evening mold itself according to the space it inhabits. From the choosing of collaborators to specific plays chosen to stage, Everyday Afroplay is markedly different in this JACK production. In future iterations of this work, I intend to maintain that fluidity, always responding to the specifics of place, space, people, and community.

Not In This Room

1 M, 4 W

Fatimah, a new-ish widow who has found new joy in gardening. Abdullah, her son, a loving but religiously devoted comes home from his honeymoon. Jamillah, her daughter, who was disowned for being queer, has also come home. Can a family live under one roof when so much has changed.

There is Something about a Clock Face (formerly Hotel Harare)

2 W

Minana comes home after being in America for 5 years. She decides to throw a party. How was America? What are you going to do next? Is it a Homecoming or Homegoing party? Either way Minana has a single answer for all the questions. There is Something about a Clockface asks what happens when you get your freedom and you find it’s not what you imagined.

Rum For Sale

2 W 3 M

Inspired by a selection of Chris Ofili’s paintings, Rum for Sale follows C. Max Tate, and his wife, Nikki, to Port of Spain, Trinidad. Max believes he is to take over The Lime Bar and Distillery his grandfather left him. But oopsie-daisy, the property was actually left to the other grandson C. Aufidius Tate. So there was some sloppy record keeping and of course, neither Tate is willing to give up easily. Where rum is involved, yes, there are often battle lines to draw, heartbreak and despair but oh it's nothing but sweet paradise going down. 


Clay

12 Actors

Pretty dancers in flower dresses. Stew and his new family move to a new area. It’s going to be so much better. Stew gets a hire rank in his line of work. And Gladys and Stew have a new baby. Everything is perfect, at least should be perfect… until there is a party and the town deputies get out of control. Look more pretty dancers, while Dixon tries to tell us something. Thomas and Harriett try their best to give a lecture. Then we’re all watching while a bad guy gets what he deserves and Dixon keeps talking while the pretty girls dance and dance and dance. Clay is a new panoramic play about how the things we hate the most started out as something we loved. 


Night of Power 

4 W 1 M

A coming of age/family drama that investigates how the very institutions that were built to save us, fail us and fall apart. We spend the night with the Salaams, an African American Muslim family in Houston, Texas (1989) as they celebrate the 27th day of Ramadan. A hurricane hits while the Salaams come to terms with their darkest secrets.


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