Negro Ensemble Company - Our Voices, Our Time: One-Act Play Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 2:00pm - 8:00pm
3680 Walnut Street Harold Prince Theatre - Annenberg Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6219
United States

Three one-act plays, six playwrights and directors. A collaboration with our 22/23 season artist-in-residence, the esteemed Negro Ensemble Company, this one-act play festival seeks to amplify and celebrate Black voices, stories and perspectives. Thoughtfully selected from a worldwide pool of submitted scripts, each play will be produced and see its world premiere with Penn Live Arts before going on to New York for an extended run.

Our Voices, Our Time elevates meaningful and thought-provoking conversations on the monumental role of Black artists in shaping art and culture in our country. Clipper Cut Nation Written by Cris Eli Blak Directed by Ralph McCain Cast: Steven Peacock Jacoby (Sandford), Alton Ray (Prentice Leroi), Abel Garcia (Jackie Ruth); Moe Truman (TBA) Clipper Cut Nation tells the story of a well-regarded local barbershop owned by Moe Truman. Everything seems like business as usual as Moe opens up shop with the help of his young apprentice. A rising politician, full of hometown pride, comes in, to great praise – that is, until another neighborhood resident enters the shop and accuses the politician of murdering his son, cultivating a conversation about forgiveness, redemption, loss, grief and survival, all through the perspectives of different generations of Black men.

What If Written by Cynthia Grace Robinson Directed by Daniel Carlton Cast: Sandra Williams (Mommy), Alyssa Carter (Kiandra) A college student’s need to fight for justice unleashes her mother’s fears for her child’s life. A story about love, loss and courage, this play pulls back the curtain on the relationship between a Black mother and her daughter as they experience the invisible personal cost of activism. What If is a meditation on our humanity, our healing and our hope. I Don't Do That Written by Mona R. Washington Directed by Petronia Paley Cast: Alyssa Carter (Norah), Khadija Bangoura (Mary Catherine), Bernard Scudder (Ade), Alleyne Owen (Simon) Newly engaged, Norah (African-American) and Simon (Nigerian) are in love. As two of their friends look on and narrate, a thwarted romantic moment spirals Norah and Simon into an argument based on stereotypes and power.

Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
Arts and Culture