The Blackest Battle
May 16 – June 14, 2020
by Psalmayene 24
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell and Manna-Symone Middlebrooks
This Hothouse New Play Series commission is possible thanks to the support of the Revada Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Holly Hassett.
It’s the Fourth of July in the not too distant future. Reparations have been paid to the African-Americans of Chief County—yet Black on Black violence rains down like a fiery storm. In this revolutionary hip-hop musical, Bliss and Dream, members of warring rap factions, fall in love while wrestling with making sense of their turbulent lives. Written by acclaimed DC theatre artist Psalmayene 24, The Blackest Battle fuses the known and the new for an entirely original spin on urban conflict.
“As shown at Page to Stage, The Blackest Battle appears to have powerful potential as a work of dance, rap, and song to help unpack the horizontal violence that can erupt under a reign of racist hate.”
DC Metro Theater Arts: THE BLACKEST BATTLE (review)
Cast and production
Directors | Raymond O. Caldwell and Manna-Symone Middlebrooks