Dec. 4 - 19, 2020
Eight short plays about legislative changes that will address the systemic oppression of Black folx in America.
- DEFUNDING POLICE:
The Obedient Mirage by Roney Jones
As tensions with protestors rise outside of the Vaughn home over the murder of Dashawn Bashaam, a Black police officer and his family navigate emotional conversations around implicit bias, police accountability, and individual responsibility.
Reap the Reparations by Alric Davis
It’s your favorite game show “The Blackest of the Day!” Tune in to this game show spoof to see who our good friend Uncle Sam chooses to dole out reparations to. But be careful, one wrong answer will get your Black card revoked!
- REDUCING PRISON POPULATIONS:
What Happens There by Savina Barini
Maria is running for District Attorney as a prison abolitionist even in spite of her traumatic past with Albert. As the two grapple with their shared history, they unlock compelling notions about prison reform.
- DECRIMINALIZING SEX WORK:
Tiffany’s by Emmanuel Key
Another late night at Tiffany’s, a magical diner for the underbelly of American society. Looking to hide, Neith stumbles into the diner and finds herself on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.
- ENDING CASH BAIL:
Either You Got It or You Don’t by Kayla Parker
It’s 4th of July weekend, and five different folx from five different walks of life are each trying to make bail. Each gets a phone call. Each has a story. Each has a choice. Or do they?
- BANNING STOP AND FRISK:
It’s a New Age, Mammy! by Tehya Merritt
Every afternoon Mammy loves to tune in to her favorite show, but today something is different. The characters aren’t “shucking and jiving” like they normally do! A gripping satire, this short play examines the policy of stop and frisk.
- DROPPING CHARGES AGAINST PROTESTERS:
The Death of the Wonderkid by Naima Randolph
Wonderkid, a child superhero has grown up in the public eye. He’s super-fast and a shining example for his community. Now as a grown up, has the world changed? Is there space for a Black superhero in a world that views protestors as villains?
- ADDRESSING SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINES:
Criminalize Me by Carmin Wong
How do young people navigate a system that doesn’t validate their humanity? Wisdom has a secret she’s been keeping from her best friend Rah. That secret could rock the foundation of their friendship, school, and community. Who can she tell?
Special thanks to regional nonprofit partners for their work in the development of these plays: ACLU of Ohio, Black Lives Matter Houston, Southern Organizers Academy, Project SAFE, Florida Dream Defenders, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), St.Louis Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and Cyphers for Justice.
Cast and production
Director Raymond O. Caldwell
Director of Photography Kelly Colburn
Production Designer / Technical Director Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Lighting Designer Dylan Uremovich
Sound Designer Matt Nielson
Costume Designer Jeannette Christensen
Props Designer Felysia Havens
Master Electrician Elliott Shugoll
Stage Manager/Assistant Director Thomas Nagata
If I buy a ticket to an event, can I watch it whenever I want?
In an effort to keep the “live theater” feel, each of the plays will be streamed at a specific date and time — in the month of December, each streaming event will go live at 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Y’all know there’s a pandemic. How did you film this safely?
We were very careful, created pandemic-related protocols with the help of doctors and public health experts, and worked with two “bubbles” of artists so no one risked additional exposure. No artists were harmed in the making of these films.
How do I buy tickets?
Tickets are available by clicking here.
I love the post-show conversations that Theater Alliance always has! Will you be doing anything like that?
Join us on Zoom at 10pm after each streamed performance for a conversation with Theater Alliance artists and affiliates.
Who are the conversation hosts?
December 4: Carla Joy Thomas McGinnis
December 5: Aria Velz
December 10: Natalie Graves Tucker & Alex Turner
December 11: Billie Krishawn
December 12: Marty Austin Lamar & Felicia Curry
December 17: Heather Gibson
December 18: Sean-Maurice Lynch
December 19: Dane Edidi & Ryan Jamaal Swain
How long are the plays?
Each short play runs approximately 15 minutes. The entire evening of plays is approximately 2 hours, including an intermission.
Are there Radical Neighboring tickets available?
Yes! And also ticket levels for seniors, students, and members of the military, as well as suggested ticket levels for multiple viewers. Please choose the level that is right for you.
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