On Monday, March 9th at 7:30pm, American Theater Company will present their annual 10 x 10 Play Festival. I'm honored to join fellow playwrights Jeff Augustin, Kristiana Colón, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Bonnie Metzgar, Dominique Morisseau, Lucas Neff, A. Rey Pamatmat, Akin Salawu, and Aurin Squire in writing short plays that offer perspectives and visions of Ferguson.
American Theater Company's mission is to inspire and challenge our community by exploring stories that ask the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the conversations surrounding those events genuinely challenge our understanding of what it is to be an American.
"In order to create the fullest possible picture of the American experience of Ferguson, we want to incorporate playwrights' immediate reactions to Ferguson as well as their thoughts on the subject with more distance from the crisis, said Sam Weiner (Literary Management Apprentice). "To that end, each playwright was tasked with writing two pieces, one completed in mid-October and a second to be completed in mid-February. By presenting these pieces together, we hope to both refresh the community's memory of Ferguson and to offer insight into how the passage of time alters our perceptions of social and political crises in the United States."
Meet the Playwrights
10x10 Play Festival
March 9th at 7:30pm
American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron St, Chicago IL 60613)
Sidetrack and Stop & Frisk
by Jeff Augustin
directed by Grace Cannon
florissant & canfield
by Kristiana Rae Colón
Directed by Samuel Roberson, Jr.
Representation and Words
by Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Directed by Reed Motz
Black Lives, White Chalk and A New Sense, A New Direction
by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Amanda Delheimer Dimond
I'm So Hungry and I Can't Breathe
by Bonnie Metzgar
Directed by Kaiser Ahmed
Jezelle The Gazelle
by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Tlaloc Rivas
How To Make A Black Boy Disappear and Respectability Politics
by Lucas Neff
Directed by Conner Wilson
I Am In A Dark Place Today And Am Unable To Write A Play and Winning
by A. Rey Pamatmat
Directed by Hutch Pimentel
the mice will play and Locatelli's Caprice in D major
by Akin Salawu
Directed by Azar Kazemi
Mississippi Goddamn and Putting Wings on a Pig
by Aurin Squire
Directed by Matt Dominguez
Tickets can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended donation of $10 at the door.
About American Theater Company
American Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to producing new and classic American stories that ask the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" We provide a truly intimate home for the community to experience meaningful stories. We foster a nurturing environment for artists to take risks and create essential work.
I'm a playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist. It is here where you'll find my queries and musings on life, theater and the world. My posts advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity in the American Theatre and updates on my own work. Please enjoy!