plays

love i awethu further 

DWELLERS

inspired by Dionne Brand's A Map to the Door of No Return

When the tree falls outside Mistress’s house, Callie and Beneatha know it is time to heed their late mother’s visions. In this adaptation of Julius Caesar, these twins plan a revolt in the Antebellum South. From the fields and from the house come more conspirators as the revolution spreads like wildfire, as all imagine a world where they are free to live and love in full. 

PC: Leigh Busby (Image  featuring maal imani west & Whitney Andrews); November 2021, Langston Hughes Festival @ Yale School of Drama (Directed by Jacob Basri) 

a ship churns against the atlantic. 

on the deck
a chorus of nine 

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PC: Clark Burnett (Images featuring members of Dwellers Play Collective; Annual Retreat/ Workshop: September 2021) 

AMANI

SHAYLA THE GREAT & THE MAGIC PAINTBRUSH 

a short play for young audiences 

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When Amani's mother dies, the world shakes. Her father vows to make it to outer space, where there are no gangs to take his love's life, no prisons to take Black boys' best years. Amani grows up building a rocket ship with her father. As she moves into adulthood, Amani seeks her voice and her own dreams. Will Amani make it to the 'moon'?

UPCOMING: FEB/MARCH 2023: National Black Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater 

Young superhero Shayla the Great comes from a long line of "Greats" who spend every day making their neighborhood a beautiful place to live. But when Shayla discovers that the world seeks to contain the Greatness of people who look like her, she sets out to find the magic paintbrush that will empower her to make a world that is even more just, more free, and more wondrous! This play for young audiences can serve as a springboard for initiating conversations about community organizing, racial justice and prison abolition. Commissioned and originally produced by Hangar Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY.  

Screenshot from July, 2020 Zoom Production

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where pathways meet 

a freedom dreaming play 

Minnie and Dwight live in a world on fire. And so they take off from 'earth' with dreams of starting anew on a planet all their own. What happens to the tongues and rhythms of the once colonized and enslaved when they first taste true freedom? What happens when Minnie & Dwight's dreams and visions wither and diverge? Who remembers and who forgets?  

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BURNBABYBURN: AN AMERICAN DREAM

The air conditioner at 1987 Apple St. been broke for a minute and it's hot in the afterlife. 

 

Sky II comes to her lost grandmother looking for answers; Sky has got some blues records and a bunch of poems. 

 

As Sky tells her grandchild her story, they find ways to live through memory, and how to beat the heat.  

 

Loosely inspired by oral histories.

 

Photos by Yichen Zhou, featuring: Whitney Andrews in 2022 Production in Yale Summer Cabaret, directed by Jacob Basri 

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the arcs 
(fka Ain't No Dead Thing)

Noa’s Ark is a diner in Greenwood District where folks come to remake the world. A queer Black woman named Noa stands at the helm and in May of 1921, no one can else can see what’s coming to threaten the streets of Greenwood. Against the backdrop of one of the largest race riots in American history, pairs of lovers try to imagine a world where they can breathe. Is peace possible in a Black future? How do we love with the imminence of violence?

Graphic Design by Mikayla Johnson 

April 2020, Radioplay Production 

(Yale Cabaret)

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FILLING BASINS

Filling Basins is inspired by Tera Hunter's 1997 book, To Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War. It tells a story of six women in the 1881 Washerwoman's Strike in Atlanta, Georgia in which thousands of Black washerwomen banded together to form The Washing Society and organized for better working conditions and wages.

PC: Andrew Schmidt 

October 2018, Student Production, Yale DRAMAT

(Yale Repertory Theater; Directed by Anita Norman)