As an artist I try and let the stories lead me to where they want to go. My ancestors and the Black women who inspire me catch me by my nose and say this is where the story goes.
PLAYS + MUSICALS
Cast Size: 5
Characters: 1 Black Woman; 1 white woman; 1 white passing woman of color; 2 white men
Tells the story of the lone Black women at a dinner table with people she considered friends. Each time she tries to assert her boundaries she is shut down and loses a piece of herself each time coming back more and more inhuman. And what happens when the inhumanity is in the driver's seat of your existence?
Cast Size: 2 speaking roles; 2 onstage prescenes
Characters: 1 Black woman; 1 Black woman or femme; 1 Black man/masc person; 1 white man
Inspired by real accounts of the mass migrations of Black folk from the South to the North and beyond. Ibinuje, tells the story of Lula, a woman dealing with the lynching of her husband as the city tries to bribe her to move out. While trying to navigate what to do she is guided by a physical manifestation of death/grief and her dearly departed husband.
Last Ones First
Cast Size: 3 speaking roles
Characters: 3 Black women or non binary femmes
While trying to create a new fish O and Maya are startled to discover one of their goddess siblings, Win, has been hurt. They appeal to the kindness of the audience to see if anyone is willing to sacrifice themselves to save Win. When no action is taken the audience is confronted with their own complicity.
Manic Pixie Dream Girls Aren’t Black (Musical)
Cast Size: 6
Characters: 1 Black woman; 1 woman of Color can be Black; 3 white women; 1 white man
From Maria Reiner in The Sound of Music to Ramona in Scott Pilgrim v.s. The World. Manic Pixie Dream Girls have always been apart of our cultural zeitgeist, but they’re never really Black even in a world Delilah creates; it's still called into question whether or not Black girls can be Manic Pixie Dream Girls. Delilah, a data scientist who desperately wants to be a videogame designer is distraught when her boss and office crush, Circa, tells her that the lead of her game is unbelievable. She is then transported into the world of her videogame only to find out that there’s nothing wrong with her lead, but someone has been fucking with her code...from the inside.
"my dick is david duke" or The Sad Fat Negress Can't Get a Date
Cast Minimum: 2
Characters: 1 Black woman; 1 non-Black woman;
A series of vignettes in the style of variety shows from years gone by. Some of them are funny and some of them are serious, but the overall tone is a satirical take on desirability and it’s politics, how sexy Fat Black women are and can be, and how we need to start being a part of peoples equations.
The Wickedness of Men or Love Songs for the End of the World (Musical)
Cast Minimum: 12
Characters: 2 Black women; 4 Black women or non-binary people; 1 Black man; 1 non Black woman of color; 3 white women; 1 white man;
The Wickedness of Men or Love Songs for the End of the World is a musical about a queer Black woman who is chosen to carry the second coming of the Christ child, but she defies God and tells him no. Along the way she falls in love with the messenger angel, Gabrielle, and eventually decides to take on the apocalypse herself. The musical is working to dismantle oppressive structures prevalent in many Western religions, communal survival during mass extinction events, but most importantly it talks about Black women who live and are loved.
When We Were gods
Cast Size: 7
Characters: 4 Black women or non binary femme; 1 Black man or masc person; 1 white Trans woman or non binary femme; 1 white man
Inspired by a wooden carving and a nefarious poem about how Black women were not as beautiful, but for some “inexplicable reason” really enticing, When We Were gods tells the story of the Sable Venus’ search for purpose and levity at the precipice of a massive shift in power on Olympus. Where were these gods during slavery and what do they owe to the humans they sought to create? And also how the hell do we dethrone Zeus?
Welcome to THIS IS WHERE WE GO, a NEW six-part radio play podcast brought to you by MCC Theater in association with THE PARSNIP SHIP & BUSINESS LUNCH PRODUCTIONS.
Written by the inaugural cohort of THE PARSNIP SHIP's RADIO ROOTS WRITERS' GROUP, AMARA BRADY, JESSIE RIVERA DEBRUIN, GINA FEMIA & NINA KI, and directed by TAMILLA WOODARD, this series is inspired by the OCTAVIA BUTLER quote from PARABLE OF THE SOWER: “All that you touch/You Change. All that you Change/Changes you. The only lasting truth/Is Change./God is Change.”
A future built on commodity and access is altered forever with the disappearance of it’s main life force. With the fate of the universe rocked by change, four strangers find the answer to survival in each other. Four strangers, four paths, one destination.
Featuring AMARA J. BRADY, GARCIA, TERESA AVIA LIM, BUNNY MICHAEL, LINDSAY RICO & DANNY WOLOHAN