Plays & Projects
Old Black & White Hollywood
Hollywood, 1954. Black comedienne Doris Jean is performing at an after-hours club and catches the eye of producer Samuel Stahr. His T.V. show featuring a former radio star is floundering; Doris Jean may be just what The Eva Rose Show needs. Doris refuses to play a maid and is cast as one anyway. But the two women connect and make a delightful comedy duo. Still, how high can a talented Black woman rise in old black and white Hollywood?
Power to the Queendom
The freedom of a 1970 Houston, Texas community rests in the hands of four female members of The Black Panther Party—caught in a room with an HPD Officer held hostage. In this story, inspired by true Houston-American characters and events, these four women of the Houston chapter of The Black Panther Party (The People’s Party II) standoff in negotiations with the Houston Police Department in the hopes to bargain for the life of their leader (Carl Hampton) and for the future of their organization. A clever and driven journey of powerful women, caught in a terminal situation, standing for many of the same community values and societal challenges that would still be recognized today.
The Suffrage Project
The Suffrage Project aims to educate the public on the history of the fight for women's suffrage in the United States, a movement traditionally relegated to the margins of history books. In this retelling of the era that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, the voices of suffragists are no longer marginal but central. By taking the major events in the Women's Suffrage Movement and bringing them to life in an original theatrical production, we reveal the arduous fight suffragists waged to ensure the right to vote for women in the United States. In doing so, we aim to encourage everyone to exercise their hard-won right in the upcoming election. The Suffrage Project is the first production at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (an all-girls' high school in San Diego) to be student-researched, written, and produced!
Historic Third Ward Virtual Tour
The tour is a documentary; a collection of interviews, historical information, storytelling by artists, activists and community elders, all celebrating the heritage of Houston's Third Ward. This website serves as a home base for information, including a map of the tour and a Facebook portal for participants to share their thoughts, experiences and insights. Because the tour is online, the information is accessible to not only the residents of Third Ward but the greater Houston community. If you are in the Houston area, we encourage your to visit Historic Third Ward and experience the sites live! The tour can be experienced as a walking tour (either solo or in small groups) or by car if preferred.
Panto Little Mermaid
Co-Written with Elizabeth A. M. Keel
A tidal wave of magic, romance, and hilarity. Hans Christian Anderson’s tale is reimagined in Galveston Bay, as marine biologists and lovable sea creatures work together to save their shores from the wicked, accessory-loving Pursula.
You Are Cordially Invited to Sit-In
Commissioned by Stages Theatre
Houston, Texas. Spring of 1960. It’s the peak of youth in the lives of four Black college freshman; some are ready for fun, some for success, some for love, and some just want to pledge and party, and in Third Ward they have all of the potential in the world...a segregated world. No longer content with being separate, the four join the revolution against inequality and racism and find the path to adulthood along the way. Set to the love songs, dance hits, and revolutionary tunes of the ‘60s-‘70, this rockin’ new musical is inspired by the real story of Houston’s first sit-in that led to the city’s desegregation, and full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor.