I first want to welcome all of You for coming to support the Arts and 5280 Artist CoOp. We’ve all struggled through a year of a turbulent pandemic. And although we’re not out of the woods as of yet. We’re seeing the light at the end of this tunnel. The Arts is a vital part of our wellbeing. And if You were like me, the only resources to the Arts during our shut down was electronic. I binged on lots and lots of streaming channel serials. Loved them all! But I missed being live on stage or being in an audience of fellow observers. And we’re taking the first steps to getting back to the “new normal”. So, Thank You for continuing to wear masks during our performances. Sit back and enjoy Six great plays by playwrights from around the country.
Many of You may know me as an actor. In fact, you may have seen me preform in my last show The Scottsboro Boys at the Vintage Theater. But some of You have also seen my work as a director. Most notably “A Raisin In The Sun” at the former Denver Civic Theater. And “Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery” at the former Eulipions Theater. It’s great to be back in the director’s chair again. And I thank Adrienne, Stephanie and Kenya for this wonderful opportunity to direct all Six Plays in this One Night! I’m truly proud to be a part of this Cast, Crew, Company and the Wonderful Three Queens who run it all!
I had the privilege to interview each playwright about what their vision was for each play. The conversations were resourceful, intriguing and enjoyable. A general question I asked all the playwrights was: “What do you want the audience to leave feeling after they’ve seen your play?” Here’s a generalized summary of their responses:
The Moors by Cris Blak - The complexity of unconscious bias
The Lesson by Kenya Fashaw - Misperception and how it contributes to the Projects to Prison syndrome.
Don’t Hate Me Cause I’m Beautiful by Mario Farewell - The subtle nuances of bias, prejudice and racism.
The Makin’ of Bond by Lou Johnson - Have fun and enjoy the irony.
A Shade Or Two Darker by Joseph Arnone - A family’s tumultuous realization of Truth and Lies.
The Cleaning Ladies by Clinnesha D. Sibley - The unacknowledged abuse of the Black Woman.