Williamstown Theater Festival kicks off season with 9 solo plays by black writers


The Williamstown Theater Festival kicked off its 2021 season live on July 6 with the series’ first performance as a world premiere Celebrating Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Pieces. The commissioned drama series focuses on and celebrates black performers and their voices through theatrical storytelling.

Each show consists of three 30-minute world premieres, created by black writers, written for actors of color, and hosted by black directors. The series will take place over the next three weeks:

Week one (Tuesday July 6-Saturday July 10): Border of lights by Guadalís Del Carmen with Cindy De La Cruz; Ghosts of the Diaspora by France-Luce Benson with Brian D. Coats; Dee weird, baby by NSangou Njikam with Ashley C. Turner. Colette Robert directs.

Second week (Tuesday July 13-Sunday July 18): Black moon lilith by J. Nicole Brooks with Sharina Martin; A satin phantom by Terry Guest with Antwayn Hopper; not have by Ike Holter with Portia. Wardell Julius Clark directs.

Third week (Wednesday July 21 to Sunday July 25): MASTER’S TOOLS by Zora Howard with Rosalyn Coleman; Mark it by Charly Evon Simpson with Naomi Lorrain; The last one …… (A work in progress) by Ngozi Anyanwu with Ronald Peet. Candis C. Jones conducts.

The project features actors from across the career development spectrum, from early career to established, including Brian D. Coats, Rosalyn Coleman, Cindy De La Cruz, Antwayn Hopper, Naomi Lorrain, Sharina Martin, Ronald Peet, Portia and Ashley C. Turner.

The series is curated by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara.

The creative team of Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination features Lorraine Glover and David Rockwell (venue and set design), David Rockwell / The Rockwell Group (production design support), April Hickman (costume design for week one), Ari Fulton (costume design for weeks two and three), Adam Honoré (lighting design), Shannon Clarke (associated lighting design) and Twi McCallum (sound design) with cast by The Telsey Office: William Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA, Destiny Lilly, CSA.

The 2021 WTF Live Season, which will take place outdoors, socially distanced and with priority security, will also include the world’s first musical Line (Tuesday July 13 to Sunday August 15), performed at the Clark Art Institute, and FOREIGN / NATION (Tuesday July 20 to Sunday August 15), an immersive two-part theatrical experience of the Forest of Arden, including newly announced creative members Jeff Kuperman (co-choreographer) and Peter Westervelt (video designer).

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