(playwriting) Girls’ Night with Spirits: a full-length, one-act play
Presented by The Welders, October 2020
Girls’ night: drinks, snacks, gossip, ghosts? Thirty-something Rey is a Black millenial woman who has done everything right (she thinks) including reaching the adult milestone of buying her very own house, but it may be haunted by a ghost with a strange obsession with her bathroom. Enter paranormal expert, the eccentric Estelle who comes promising that a little wine, chocolate, and girl talk will help relieve the tension. But Estelle has secrets, the spirit is a mystery, and Rey struggles with a “can do” attitude as her house begins to fall apart and her life’s purpose is far from clear.
(fiction writing) Afromemory: a novel
In the near future, when the governments of the world have gone to great lengths to establish a “color-blind” society, brown-skinned magazine editor Sarah B has found herself developing a bad habit of “deep reading” the company’s archives, falling upon articles that reference a time when race existed and the fight for racial equity defined the lives and experiences of brown skinned people that looked like her. While the State seeks to quietly squash the popularity of an illegal medical procedure that helps a person connect with the memories of their ancestors, a radical movement to reclaim a troubled, yet resilient past and history is on the horizon, and Sarah B, might just get caught in the middle of it all.
Afromemory began as a short play, produced in the 2018 Next to Kin Festival presented by FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company.
(directing) Silenced Voices: Anacostia Playhouse New Works Festival
Presented by the Anacostia Playhouse, November 2019
The Anacostia Playhouse will present short plays that imagine “what could happen East of the Anacostia if new residents awoke to find that their new communities no longer had that vibrancy they craved and now they must make a life in a place devoid of the soul that drew them to it. And then to imagine the next chapter of the creators as they propose to own their space and, perhaps, to withhold their gifts of soul from the displacers.”
The festival seeks to “shine a spotlight on the voices that are being silenced: The corner cell phone store that plays a musical genre invented in DC ; the special cuisine that was once a neighborhood cornerstone; and the people themselves who built an amazing culture, despite limited resources, over policing, and a lack of access to financing. The people who were brushed aside and left behind. And whose voices were silenced.”