La Paloma Prisoner | May 2017
by Raquel Almazan
La Paloma Prisoner is a multi-disciplinary play about the reclamation of identity by incarcerated women in the Colombian prison system. This new play centers on an incarcerated killer nicknamed “La Paloma” who transcendentally soars beyond physical and societal barriers to avenge the raped women of Bogota, leading the public to believe La Paloma may have magical avenger abilities. Based on the true story of a group of female inmates selected every year as beauty queen contestants at the Buen Pastor prison in Bogota, this new play interweaves the ritualistic journey of a “parade of prisoners” with Colombia’s social, political, and spiritual history. Claiming this newfound power, the women redefine beauty, their own humanity, and their identity as criminals. La Paloma Prisoner revolutionizes not only the women’s lives, but prison society and the world beyond its walls.
Chasing Mehserle | June 2017
by chinaka hodge
"Chasing Mehserle could be more of a meditation, an exorcism of our anger and demons, a ritual for allowing audiences, actors, directors and myself to name our pain and to have it be heard. It's a safe space to yell, which is all I really wanted to do. And, I MUST tell you—this play is NOT about Oscar Grant. It is about the people who internalized his story, who sometimes made it about them, who saw themselves on that platform and wanted to yell or sob or give up. It is about my city, our city, which is so often the battleground on which so many of our country's political battles begin. It is about family, and how far we will go to protect our own. It is also about safety—what I couldn't manufacture for my younger brothers—but what they so easily deserve. Safety is the birthright of all humans, but so often black men, particularly young black men are stripped of it"
-- Chinaka Hodge
2015-16 PAST PERFORMANCES
THE GUNSHOT MEDLEY | December 9, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Written by dionna Daniel, Critical Breaks Artist In Residence
Directed By Roberta Uno
Gunshot Medley is a new play that blends mysticism and folk music to comment on the expendability of African-American life in the United States. Set in a haunted North Carolina graveyard, we encounter three African-American slaves — Betty, Alvis, and George — who are stuck in a state of limbo, perpetually tasked with cleaning up the wreckage caused by systemic racism purveying contemporary America. Betty, Alvis, and George must confront the need to answer the High Priestess of Souls' call and their fear of what it means to do so.
Syncing ink | November 11, 2016
Written by NSangou Njikam
Directed By Niegel Smith
Word is Bond: 16th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival
Curated by Goldie Patrick, the 2016 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival is designed to capture the identity ofWashington DC, by unearthing and shining new light on the unique stories produced in it, by it, and from it. This year’s festival, using visual art, space, and productions, is focuses on promoting DC's own talent, storytellers, and stories through the vehicle of Hip Hop Theater. It creates a platform for the city to revisit and reflect on its past, reintroduce itself to old and new residents, and re-ignite the spirit of DC Hip Hop through the theme, Word Is Bond.
photos by Jen Diaz