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Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays

July 6 - July 25 | Front Lawn of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
2021 Season

Directed by Colette Robert, Wardell Julius Clark, and Candis C. Jones
Guest curated by Robert O’Hara
Featuring new plays by Guadalís Del Carmen, France-Luce Benson, NSangou Njikam, J. Nicole Brooks, Terry Guest, Ike Holter, Charly Evon Simpson, Ngozi Anyanwu, and Zora Howard

Discover the power and intimacy of the solo play with this series of three shows centering and celebrating Black artists 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 brought to life by directors Wardell Julius Clark, Candis C. Jones, and Colette Robert on the Front Lawn of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Guest curated by Tony Award-nominated director and playwright Robert O’Hara.

The nine solo plays that comprise Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays are Williamstown Theatre Festival commissions, supported by WTF’s New Play and Musical Commissioning Program.

The digital program for this production can be seen here.

Program and casting are subject to change.

All tickets are general admission and $60 each, inclusive of fees.

Please note:

This production will be performed in an open air venue next to the ‘62 Center for Theatre & Dance (chairs will be provided and sanitized between performances). Patrons are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and the elements, e.g. apply sunscreen (for matinee performances) and bug repellent (for evening performances) before you arrive; wear visors, hats, and/or sunglasses for protection from the sun; bring a light sweater for cooler evenings and a rain poncho in the event of rain (umbrellas cannot be used during the performance).

The July 13-18 performances include strobe lights.

Rain Policy: This production will perform in light rain, and the Festival may postpone the curtain time slightly so that the show is able to perform. If the Festival must cancel a performance before the show begins, then the Box Office will reach out to patrons directly within 48 hours and try to exchange them into another performance (subject to ticket availability). If the Box Office is unable to accommodate an exchange, patrons will be offered an opportunity to donate their tickets back to the Festival, or if requested, receive a refund. If a performance is stopped and cancelled due to weather after 45 minutes, then the performance will be considered fulfilled, and unfortunately, WTF will not be able to exchange or refund tickets.

July 6-10:
Border of Lights by Guadalís Del Carmen
Ghosts of the Diaspora by France-Luce Benson
Freaky Dee, Baby by NSangou Njikam

Directed by Colette Robert

Tuesday, July 6 at 8PM
Wednesday, July 7 at 8PM
Thursday, July 8 at 3PM
Thursday, July 8 at 8PM
Friday, July 9 at 3PM
Friday, July 9 at 8PM
Saturday, July 10 at 3PM
Saturday, July 10 at 8PM

July 13-18:
Black Moon Lilith by J. Nicole Brooks
A Ghost in Satin by Terry Guest
don’t get got by Ike Holter

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark

Tuesday, July 13 at 8PM
Wednesday, July 14 at 8PM
Thursday, July 15 at 8PM
Friday, July 16 at 3PM
Friday, July 16 at 8PM
Saturday, July 17 at 3PM
Saturday, July 17 at 8PM
Sunday, July 18 at 2PM

July 20-25:
Mark It Down by Charly Evon Simpson
The Last……(A Work in Progress) by Ngozi Anyanwu

Directed by Candis C. Jones

Wednesday, July 21 at 8PM
Thursday, July 22 at 8PM
Friday, July 23 at 3PM
Friday, July 23 at 8PM
Saturday, July 24 at 3PM
Saturday, July 24 at 8PM
Sunday, July 25 at 3PM
Sunday, July 25 at 8PM



Herbert A. Allen

James & Virginia Giddens

Jessica & Matt Harris

Paul Neely & Susan Street

Tiger Baron Foundation



Guest Curator
Venue and Set Design
Venue and Set Design
Production Design Support
Costume Designer (Week 2 and Week 3)
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer
Costume Designer (Week 1)
Associate Lighting Designer
Stage Manager (Week 1)
Stage Manager (Week 2)
Stage Manager (Week 3)
Assistant Stage Manager


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