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In this wildly irreverent and whip-smart satire, award-winning playwright James Ijames dissects a sordid slice of American history with the goal of reimagining the future. When Sally, a young Black college student, is faced with unwanted advances from TJ, her college’s white Dean of Students, she sets out, amidst a swirl of marching bands, beauty pageants, and bubbly tour guides, to dismantle the legacies that bind us.

TJ-NEW-DATES
TJ-NEW-DATES

TJ-NEW-DATES
TJ-NEW-DATES

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SpeakEasy Stage

Director

TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever

 
 
 
Back the Night
Back the Night

Back the Night

Back the Night
Back the Night

Back the Night

Back the Night
Back the Night

Back the Night

Back the Night
Back the Night

Back the Night

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Back the Night

Boston College

Director

BACK THE NIGHT, by award-winning playwright, Melinda Lopez, focuses on "Take Back the Night" marches. With violence on campus rising to epidemic proportions, Em will have none of it. But when her best friend, Cassie, gets assaulted, Em makes some unexpected discoveries.

 

Sometimes you do the wrong thing for the right reason.

10 minute pride festival
10 minute pride festival

10 minute pride festival
10 minute pride festival

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Tam's Two Dads

The Theater Offensive

Director

In this shadow-puppet play for young audiences, two young amphibian friends Tam and Jenny are doing an online homework assignment via a Zoompcall. When Tam (a turtle) tells Jenny (a frog) about his two dads (a gator and a fish), and the loving community of queer and gender fluid folks in his life, Jenny's mind is blown, and she fantasizes about a life like theirs.

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Virtual Attendance

Huntington Theatre Company

Director — Audio Play

Part of the Dream Boston audio play series—VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE takes place in 2025, at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Dudley Street; two white women in their 20s are on their way to an exercise class in a gentrified Nubian Square.

 
We Are Proud
We Are Proud

We Are Proud
We Are Proud

We Are Proud poster
We Are Proud poster

We Are Proud
We Are Proud

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We Are Proud...

Brandeis University

Director

"We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915" shows a group of actors gathering to recreate the story of the first genocide of the 20th century. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present.

 
Marie and Rosetta
Marie and Rosetta

Marie and Rosetta
Marie and Rosetta

Marie and Rosetta show art
Marie and Rosetta show art

Marie and Rosetta
Marie and Rosetta

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Marie & Rosetta

Greater Boston Stage Company

Director

Celebrated for her Ferocious guitar playing and swinging gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe broke boundaries and influenced rock 'n' roll's earliest icons. Set in 1940's Mississippi, MARIE AND ROSETTA shows the legendary icon rehearsing with her young protege, Marie Knight, as the two prepare to embark on a tour that will ultimately cement them as one of the greatest musical duos in history.

"...an exploration of a dynimc and powerful woman."
    — Bobby Franklin, Boxing Over Broadway

 

Code Listen

Millenium Stage,
The John F. Kennedy Center,

Isabella Steward Gardner Museum

Director

CODE LISTEN uses the transformative power of creative music and performance to support healing and dialogue on violence, racism, and policing. Shaw Pong Liu collaborated with Pascale Florestal to create the in-person Theatrical performance of CODE LISTEN which was performed at the KROC Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Millenium Stage of the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Code Listen at the ISG Museum
Code Listen at the ISG Museum

Code Listen at the ISG Museum
Code Listen at the ISG Museum

Code Listen team
Code Listen team

Code Listen at the ISG Museum
Code Listen at the ISG Museum

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An Education in Prudence

Open Theatre Project

Director

In 1833, after traveling to a small Connecticut town to further their education, two dozen African American girls are met with a new law threatening fines and whippings if they remained.  Weaving together past and present, AN EDUCATION IN PRUDENCE traces the story through the eyes of young women visiting the modern-day museum about these events and grappling with how to claim America's promise.

An Education in Prudence
An Education in Prudence

An Education in Prudence
An Education in Prudence

An Education in Prudence
An Education in Prudence

An Education in Prudence
An Education in Prudence

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La Divina
La Divina

La Divina
La Divina

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La Divina

Opera del West

Director

La Divina is a 30-minute comic one-act opera by Thomas Pasatieri, that tells the story of an aging diva who is planning a farewell performance with the help of her manager, personal assistant, and conductor.