This Evening @ Spelman College

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SEIZE THE KING ON PBS

Check out this cool mini-doc that aired on KPBS in San Diego.  I especially dig the section that shows the building of our set (shout out to set designer Lauren Helpurn on that).  We are in the last week of shows and it’s been a special vibe out there.  I have enjoyed working at La Jolla, and am thankful to have opened my third production at the theater, this one a world premiere.

See mini-documentary here:

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE

I can’t even describe how brilliant these bright artists are.  From left to right: Julian Parker, Jesse Perez, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Jennapher Zheng, and Luis Vega!  Read full announcement in Playbill here.

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WORLD PREMIERE

Thrilled to have a brand new play this upcoming season at La Jolla Playhouse. Been a real blast to work with director Jamie Castaneda and team as we develop the piece and ready it for production. I’ve had the pleasure of working at La Jolla on two occasions in the past-a new work for children called “Honey Bo and the Goldmine” and my play “The Seven” (adapted from the greek tragedy “Seven Against Thebes”) had a great run on the main stage. This new piece, “Seize the King,” continues to be a joy to create and develop! Please mark dates on your calendar and if in the area (or if you can get to the area) please come check out the work! Show runs August 21-Sptember 16.

For more Tickets and More Info: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/2018-2019-season

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2017 HOPE AWARD NOMINATION

 

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Wow! Last week I was surprised to learn that I was nominated for the prestigious Hope Professor of the Year Award at SMU! I was at the banquet but didn’t know I was an honoree!( damn glad I showed up, would’ve been embarrassed if I didn’t). Only a handful of faculty are nominated per year. Thank you to all the students who showed me love, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and have tried to contribute to the progress of the University. Thanks for this wonderful surprise!

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IN THESE TIMES, IN PROGRESS

IMG_3673Last week worked on three new pieces-an exploration or a young Malcolm X with Arts Emerson and The Alliance Theater, a socio-political-gospel musical called Wade in the Water with Center Theater Group and possibly Dallas Theater Center, and a third new piece don’t know who I’m going to partner with but started writing that one and it feels good. Nothing like an evil president and dire world situations to crank up creativity, sending it into overdrive.

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2016 Doris Duke Artist Award

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SOME GREAT NEWS, I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A 2016 DORIS DUKE ARTIST AWARD!

 

The 2016 Artists are:  Kyle Abraham (Dance), Sharon Bridgforth (Theatre), DaveDouglas (Jazz),Faye Driscoll (Dance), Janie Geiser (Theatre), MiguelGutierrez (Dance), Fred Hersch (Jazz), Wayne Horvitz (Jazz), Taylor Mac (Theatre),Dianne McIntyre (Dance), Jason Moran (Jazz), Mark Morris (Dance), Lynn Nottage(Theatre), Thaddeus Phillips (Theatre), Will Power (Theatre), Aparna Ramaswamy (Dance), Matana Roberts (Jazz), Jen Shyu (Jazz), Wadada Leo Smith (Jazz), Morgan Thorson (Dance), Henry Threadgill (Jazz).

Thank you to the Doris Duke Foundation for this great honor.

More info on the Doris Duke Award.

 

 

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Fetch Clay, Make Man Published

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My play, Fetch Clay, Make Man has just been released domestically and internationally on Overlook Press.

Purchase book here:

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Mellon Foundation Residency Renewed!

 

 

UnknownI am honored to received a renewal on the Andrew W. Mellon Residency at the Dallas Theater Center.  The renewal will allow me to create more plays and musicals, continue to initiate programs and initiatives, and further engage the communities that reside in Dallas, Texas.  In the first three years I was able to write a number of works for the stage, including Fetch Clay, Make Man which had it’s NY premiered at New York theater Workshop and is now being produced in regional theaters, Steel Hammer with SITI Company which premiered at Humana before going on to a successful run at the Brooklyn Academy of music, and Stagger Lee, an epic musical that was premiered at the Dallas Theater Center last year.  Through the Residency I was also able to focus on mentoring a number of emerging writers in the area, includingJonathan Norton, who just received his first commission at a LORT Theater and is who is a rising star with an incredible powerful and authentic voice.
I was also able to continue to advocate for more diversity and inclusion at the theater in a variety of ways (being on committees, being a part of the interviewing new candidates for positions, etc).  For these next three years, I have a few new works in development.  We are also expanding the playwrighting initiative that I created to now include various folks in the community. I am thankful to everyone at the Mellon Foundation of this opportunity.

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Steel Hammer Opens at BAM Tonight

Steel Hammer opens tonight at BAM. I am honored to be a collaborator on this amazing project. Flying into NY tomorrow to see it. Hope to see yall there!

 

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Check preview articles here:

American Theatre Magazine 

Howlround

New Yorker

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