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Join us for a live 90-minute zoom presentation every Monday and Wednesday as students and staff explore the scripts you want to hear. Sit back and listen,or jump in and lend your voice to a role.

Students participating in the Fall 2020 Dramaturgy Practicum read, evaluated, and selected titles, vetted by a panel of students and staff, to create a season of eclectic themes, styles, and genres. Their goal is that you are entertained as you grapple intellectually and emotionally with these plays. All titles in the spring 2021 Out Loud Series are plays written by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. These are also the plays that they devoured in a single sitting.

We hope that you will find them as engaging as we did. 



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Ghosts of Bogotá

by Diana Burbano

The journey of three Latinx siblings to Columbia for their grandfather’s funeral becomes one of shared secrets and fantastic revelations in a play that addresses the immigrant experience of never feeling fully at home in any country.

Theme(s): Grief and Death / Family / Sexual Abuse

Content Warnings: Strong Language, Sexual Language, Homophobia, Mentions of: Sexual Abuse/Assault/Physical Abuse, Abortion, School Shootings, Racism, and Discussion of Death

March 29 & 31 | 7pm EST

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Umoja

by LaDarrion Williams

– A group of seniors set out to create a club for Black Excellence on a predominantly white college campus but, when their petition is sidelined by racial tension and controversy, the students must share their truth and some of their deepest secrets.

Theme(s): Coming of Age / Racism / Identity / Empowerment

Content Warnings: Strong Language, Sexual Language, Homophobia, Sexual Assault, Abortion, and Racism

April 5 & 7 | 7pm EST

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Topdog / Underdog

by Suzan-Lori Parks

The play follows Lincoln and Booth as they navigate poverty, racism, and the bonds of brotherhood through hand after hand of three-card Monte. 2002 Pulitzer Prize

Theme(s): History / Brotherhood / Masculinity / Racism / Poverty

Content Warnings: Gun violence, strong language, sexually suggestive language

April 12 & 14 | 7pm EST

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Swimming While Drowning

by Emilio Rodriguez

Angelo Mendez leaves home to escape his homophobic father; at a Los Angeles homeless shelter, he finds love with another homeless teen in this gritty and funny romance.

Theme(s): LGBTQ+ / Homophobia / Homelessness

Content Warnings: Strong language, sexually suggestive language

April 19 | 7pm EST

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Am I Dead? (Second Read)

by Kevin R Free

In the hereafter, three souls struggle to reassemble the black men they wronged in life until Isis, the goddess of marital devotion, pushes them to address the truths of their wrongs in life. Am I Dead? will be pre-cast as a workshop process with the playwright.

Theme(s): Abuse of black men, Relationships, Identity

Content Warnings: Derogatory Language, Strong Language, Religious Themes, Fights, Violence, Gore/Dismemberment, Homophobia, On Stage Death

April 21 | 7pm EST

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Skeleton Stories

by Delondra Mesa

On Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a young girl named Maya journeys into the underworld to find and rescue the spirit of her dead mother. Through a series of vignettes, guided by the Aztec spirit Yellow Dog, Maya encounters lost souls and experiences their stories before confronting the god of Death… who wants to keep Maya for his own

Theme(s): Grief, Parental relationships, Coming of age

Content Warnings: Strong language, Death/Religious Themes, Violence, Gore/Dismemberment, Sexual Assault

February 1 & 3 | 7pm EST

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Am I Dead?

by Kevin R Free

In the hereafter, three souls struggle to reassemble the black men they wronged in life until Isis, the goddess of marital devotion, pushes them to address the truths of their wrongs in life. Am I Dead? will be pre-cast as a workshop process with the playwright.

Theme(s): Abuse of black men, Relationships, Identity

Content Warnings: Derogatory Language, Strong Language, Religious Themes, Fights, Violence, Gore/Dismemberment, Homophobia, On Stage Death

February 8 | 7pm EST

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The Bitches 

BY BRIE KNIGHT

Set in a doggie hotel where a Pekingese, a Great Dane, and a Black Lab dissect Humanitarianism and debate their ability to change the world.

Theme(s): Civil Rights/Equality/Societal issues

February 10 | 7pm EST

Content Warnings: Mild language, references to alcohol

Native Pride (and Prejudice)

by Vera Starbard

Set in Alaska, the familiar Jane Austen tale, takes on the complexities of love, Alaskan Native corporations, and federal blood quantum in this timeless romantic comedy. 

Genre: Adaptation, Romantic Comedy
Theme(s): Native American culture/love/feminism. 

Content Warnings: Innuendo and language

February 15 & 17 | 7pm EST

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Buffalo Hair

by Carlyle Brown

Race, war and history collide in this play, set in 1874, when a group of black troopers capture a black man who has chosen to live among the Cheyenne and the men must decide between personal and cultural identities.

Theme(s): Self-discovery / Race / Militarism / History

Content Warnings: Violence, war, animal harm, racism, gore, and suicide

February 22 & 24 | 7pm EST

Life is a Dream

adaptation by Nilo Cruz

Astrological omens predict that if King Basilio’s son Segismundo is crowned, he will become a horrible tyrant who will bring destruction to his kingdom. Basilio imprisons Segismundo for life, but decades later he decides to let his son prove his ability to defy the stars. Allowed to rule the palace, Segismundo wreaks bloody vengeance on the kingdom, confirming the prediction of the stars, and the prince is returned to his prison. In Nilo Cruz’s sublime translation of Calderón de la Barca’s classic, the question of whether life is a dream or an illusion takes on a renewed relevance and urgency.

Genre: Classical Drama

Theme(s): Destiny vs. Self-Determination, Forgiveness, Moral Awakening, Honor

Content Warnings: Violence, Genocide, Murder, Slavery, Abusive Actions and Language

March 1 & 3 | 7pm EST

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American Divide

BY MAXIMILIAN GILL

Border patrols and refugees meet in a bar ten years after the east and west coasts of the United States break off and form their own republics in this disturbingly plausible dystopian play.

Theme(s): Immigration / Border Security / Politics / Race

Content Warnings: Language, human trafficking, sexual themes, strong political themes, homophobia, drug use, racism, and violence

March 8 & 10 | 7pm EST

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Too Heavy for Your Pocket

by Jiréh Breon Holder

In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.

Theme(s): Race, Gender, Class, Power, Faith, and Politics

Content Warnings: Derogatory language, Racial and Sexual language and content, Violence, Mental and Physical Abuse, Racial and Gender Oppression

March 15 & 17 | 7pm EST

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