Literary Ancestry; Refocus Project
The Literary Ancestry Essay Series (Curated by playwright Dave Harris) aims to create a collection of personal craft essays by living Black playwrights about the non-living Black playwrights that live on in their work. For this series, we commissioned playwrights to pick one play by a non-living Black playwright and write about how this play impacted their artistry. The essays in this round are written by Vivian J.O. Barnes, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Nathan Alan Davis, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, and Dave Harris.
The New Southern Canon
Commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of their New Southern Canon initiative, Kudzu Calling is a theatrical interweaving of poetry-rich scenes that seek to expand and complicate the Southern narrative. A celebration of Black Southern Love, Black Southern Queerness, Black Southern Playfulness, Culture, and Spirituality. It examines what it truly means to return home. At its core, it is Donnetta Lavinia Grays’ love letter to the place that made the Whiting Award-winning playwright.
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