4 African American Women Playwrights
4 Sunday Nights
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Synopsis: A coming of age story focusing on a teen’s transition from girl to woman. The major character is caught between the life she has always known and the life she has always wanted in her search for the true meaning of love, self, and family. This generational piece deals with emotions, missteps, and discovery from grandmother to mother; and, from mother to daughter with true passion, pain and humanity. Directed by Jeannine Foster-McKelvia
Synopsis: A former radical Black activist is next in line for the chairmanship of the Department of Africana Studies at Stuyvesant Municipal College. Instead, a right-wing conservative woman, new to the university system is hired as the acting department chair creating new tensions on campus, least of which include unresolved issues between the former lovers. Meanwhile, the two students they each mentor get caught in the crossfire in this highly controversial story of love, betrayal, and youthful idealism. Directed by Pharah Jean-Philipe
Synopsis: Contemporary Scenes of Age Old Ills, a satirical one act is performed in reverse minstrelsy, with Black actors in white face. The time: now. The climate: tense. The themes: age-old American ills of racism, sexism, exploitation and disregard of people with dark skin who have been known as Nigra-Nigger-Negro-Black-Afro-American-Black (again)-African-American-Person of Color-Member of the African Diaspora. Kulcha (Culture) highlights the path of a community riddled with problems. Perceived class distinctions and conflicting theories “how did we go wrong” provide the seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they learn to heal themselves through mutual support. Directed by Anderson Johnson
Synopsis: In the fluid, sexually liberal San Francisco art scene, two young black artists, Sean, an ambitious photographer, and Michael a street dancer, struggle to define their relationship. Between their love of art and of each other, the relationship flies into untamed places, where they discover the hidden emotional wounds each carries and the violence lurking beneath — a photograph, lovers in motion — touch/click. Directed by Ifa Bayeza